Domestic violence is an important healthcare issue. Healthcare settings provide a safe entry point for victims of domestic violence. Healthcare providers have a unique opportunity to detect abuse and assist in the management of each victim's care. Victims of domestic violence seeking assistance for injuries sustained during a battering incident may go to any hospital and receive help.
All hospitals provide care for domestic violence injuries, including sexual assault. Crime Victims Board reimbursement allows hospitals to be reimbursed for care given to victims following a sexual assault, even if the victim does not have medical coverage. In addition to private hospitals, there are 11 City hospitals and six diagnostic and treatment centers that offer help to domestic violence victims regardless of income. All private and City hospitals have a Domestic Violence Coordinator or social worker onsite or on-call 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Domestic Violence Coordinators provide an array of services including, but not limited to, confidential crisis intervention, short-term counseling, and safety planning. The Domestic Violence Coordinator or hospital social worker can also assist victims with emergency shelter, referrals to language-specific community organizations, legal assistance, and counseling.
Domestic Violence Coordinators are assigned to the following City hospitals and clinics:
Jacobi Medical Center
1400 Pelham Parkway S
Bronx, New York 10461
General Information Number: 718-918-5000
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
234 East 149th Street
Bronx, New York 10451
General Information Number: 718-579-5000
Morrisania Diagnostic & Treatment Center
1225 Gerard Avenue
Bronx, New York 10452
General Information Number: 718-960-2777
North Central Bronx Hospital
3424 Kossuth Avenue
Bronx, New York 10467
General Information Number: 718-519-5000
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic & Treatment Center
545 East 142nd Street
Bronx, New York 10454
General Information Number: 718-579-4000
Coney Island Hospital
2601 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11235
General Information Number: 718-616-3000
Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center
100 North Portland Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205
General Information Number: 718-260-7500
East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center
2094 Pitkin Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11207
General Information Number: 718-240-0400
Kings County Hospital Center
451 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11203
General Information Number: 718-245-3131
Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center
Brooklyn, New York 11206
General Information Number: 718-963-8000
Bellevue Hospital Center
462 First Avenue
New York, New York 10016
General Information Number: 212-562-4141
Gouverneur Healthcare Services
227 Madison Street
New York, New York 10002
General Information Number: 212-238-7000
Harlem Hospital Center
506 Lenox Avenue
New York, New York 10037
General Information Number: 212-939-1000
Metropolitan Hospital Center
1901 First Avenue
New York, New York 10029
General Information Number: 212-423-6262
Renaissance Health Care Network Diagnostic & Treatment Center
215 West 125 Street
New York, New York 10027
General Information Number: 212-932-6500
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Elmhurst, New York 11373
General Information Number: 718-334-4000
Queens Hospital Center
82-70 164th Street
Jamaica, New York 11432
General Information Number: 718-883-3000
Yes. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, patients with limited English proficiency have the right to receive free translator services from any healthcare provider who receives Federal financial assistance. Translation services can also be provided by the staff language bank or by telephone line translators.
When possible, do not use spouses, friends, family members, children, or other patients to translate.
- Family members and friends of the abuser may support the abuser.
- Allowing the abuser to translate gives the abuser control over the interpretation of events.
- Children may be traumatized when translating details of abuse.
- A child's safety may be endangered if s/he reports the victim’s statements and the abuser finds out about it.
- Victims will be especially hesitant to reveal sexual assault through a child translator.
- Victims of domestic violence are more likely to respond openly and honestly if an impartial party translates.