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Murder and mayhem

Two crime reports have caught my eye, both of them depressing from a Western New York perspective.

The Daily Beast, Tina Brown's very readable Web site, studied crime statistics provided to the federal government by the nation's colleges and universities and identified the 25 safest and least safe campuses. Buffalo State College made the wrong list.

Meanwhile, a study of homicides in New York State shows that nearly one in five killings is the result of domestic violence. Moreover, the incidence of so-called "intimate partner homicides," the largest category of domestic killings, jumped 25 percent statewide last year, including 45 percent outside of New York City.

The report by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services showed there were five domestic homicides last year in Erie County, up from three the year before, and two in Niagara County, vs. one in 2007.

The Albany Times Union has a story that summarizes the study's findings.

... while only 4 percent of male homicide victims 16 and older were killed by an intimate partner in 2008, the figure was nearly 50 percent for women 16 and older.

"That is a stunning statistic," said Amy Barasch, executive director of the state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, which advises and trains state leaders and agencies


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