For victims who live in Staten Island, there is a special program called the Staten Island Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). Mayor Bloomberg announced the creation of this program in January 2011. The goal of the DVRT program is to ensure that domestic violence victims are receiving effective services in a prompt manner.
The program serves high-risk domestic violence victims in Staten Island. Each client’s situation is reviewed by the DVRT Team, which is made up of staff from government agencies and nonprofit community organizations. After the Team talks about each client’s situation and needs, they develop an “action plan” of steps that each involved member will take to help that client.
Learning from the experiences of its clients, the DVRT program develops overall recommendations about improving access to services and effectiveness of those services for all domestic violence victims Citywide.
DVRT was originally launched in 2002 as a pilot program in precincts in Brooklyn and the Bronx with the highest rates of domestic violence. DVRT was later expanded to Queens. In those boroughs, the DVRT program continued to operate until a New York City Family Justice Center opened in the borough.
Contact DVRT for information on Staten Island resources for victims of domestic violence
Download the DVRT Program Brochure (in PDF)
Download the Staten Island DV Resource Sheet (in PDF)
View a list of our current community organization and government partners