Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV)
OCDV formulates policies and programs, monitors the Citywide delivery of domestic violence services, and works with diverse communities to increase awareness of domestic violence. OCDV works closely with community leaders, health care providers, City agencies, and representatives from the criminal justice system to hold batterers accountable and to create solutions that are critical to preventing domestic violence in New York City.
Challenges faced by immigrant victims of domestic violence are especially relevant in New York City where 36 percent of the population is foreign born, and more than 120 different languages and dialects are spoken. Immigrant women may be less likely to report abuse than non-immigrant women because of a language barrier, cultural differences, and a fear of deportation if they are not legally documented to live in the United States.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, call 311 and ask for the NYC Domestic Violence Hotline (800-621-4673; TDD 866-604-5350).
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