NYPD responds to upwards of 250,000 domestic incidents annually, or nearly six-hundred calls a day. Domestic Violence Police Officers face unpredictable and potentially volatile situations, with skills and training that help to ensure victims' safety as well as their own.
Victims of domestic violence are referred to one of more than 350 domestic violence prevention officers, investigators and supervisors in precincts citywide. Domestic Violence officers visit the homes of victims as well as provide referrals to court, counseling services and shelter alternatives, and help in obtaining orders of protection and providing safety planning.
In addition to enforcing the laws and working to ensure victims' safety, the Domestic Violence unit performs domestic violence awareness outreach. Each local precinct and police service area has a domestic violence office, the numbers to which can be found on the precinct/PSA web pages at http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/home/precincts.shtml.
Family Justice Centers
Victims and their families or anyone seeking help can access NYPD, court and social service resources at Family Justice Centers.
See: http://www.nyc.gov/html/ocdv/html/help/fjc.shtml for details.
Please see the below brochures for more information on domestic violence and strategies that can help combat or prevent it.
U visa Certification Requests
Guidelines for requesting U visa certifications
Please send U Certification requests to the
NYPD’s U Certification Office:
Domestic Violence Unit
New York City Police Department
One Police Plaza - Room 1312-O
New York, NY 10038
Note: This unit handles all certification requests regardless of the qualifying crime.