On Monday, October 22nd, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will kick off a week of conferences designed to raise awareness about domestic violence. October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and for the past six years, NYCHA has hosted conferences and resource fairs to shed light on a tragedy that often begins in the home. Conferences will be held at Community Centers in all five boroughs, consecutively during the course of the week, starting in the Bronx on Monday.
The theme of this year’s conferences focuses on the effects domestic violence has on children. Susan Chinitz, a psychologist with specialties in the areas of infant mental health and developmental disabilities in infancy and early childhood, is the keynote speaker for the kick off conference in the Bronx. Residents will also be treated to a performance by NYCHA’s Performing Arts Unit which will highlight the issue.
Each conference will vary slightly in terms of presenters, but all conferences will feature a resource fair consisting of community based health and social service organizations. Residents will have an opportunity to speak with domestic violence prevention advocates and obtain information on related resources. The conferences, which will be held at various NYCHA Community Centers, are scheduled during the evening hours to accommodate working families and also to bring in the teens who participate in regular programming offered by the centers.
NYCHA's Social Services Department offers a host of programs and services to assist victims of domestic violence, including an Emergency Transfer Program, domestic violence aftercare, as well as an intervention, education and prevention program. NYCHA also works closely with Safe Horizon, a leading nonprofit organization and the New York City Police Department Housing Bureau's Domestic Violence Officers to conduct outreach and assistance for victims of domestic violence who reside in NYCHA developments citywide.
For more information about the upcoming conferences, or NYCHA's outreach and support programs, access the links below.
October 19, 2007