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Sunday, August 1, 1999

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Marshaling Our Resources to Fight Domestic Violence
by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani

Not very long ago, domestic violence was thought of as a problem that should remain between partners. With the help of people all over the City, over the last five years we've brought the problem out from behind closed doors. It's now clear that family violence is a crime that New York City never, under any circumstances, tolerates, a crime that has very serious penalties and consequences.

Despite all the progress we've made, however, our work has just begun. Far too many New Yorkers still feel physically threatened in their homes. That's why this week, I joined with a number of the City's leaders on this issue to announce three new programs that broaden our growing response to domestic violence.

The first is called the Juris Monitor program. It will, for the first time, provide victims with an early warning system that facilitates a quick and effective response to threats from their abuser. The way the program works is that certain domestic violence offenders will wear an ankle bracelet that sets off an alarm when they come within 500 feet of the victim's home, automatically notifying both the victim and the police.

It will enable more women to stay safe and secure in their homes, rather than having to relocate to flee their abusers. And it will provide the courts with an effective and innovative way to hold more abusers accountable for their crimes.

But we understand that to make real long-term progress in the fight against domestic violence in the next generation, we not only need to hold offenders accountable, we also need to raise the level of public awareness. That's why this week, we also unveiled an expansion of our latest public education campaign, which says that "Domestic violence is violence… and violence is a crime." That message will now reach millions of people throughout the five boroughs.

Finally, while we strengthen offender accountability and intensify public education, we're working to improve the network of support available to victims of domestic violence. With the help of the private organizations, the City will offer individual and group literacy instruction to both parents and children in domestic violence and homeless shelters.

These are all important initiatives, but the best way to transform the city's response to domestic violence once and for all is for victims and others who witness abuse, or are involved in it, to report it. If you or anyone you know is a victim of abuse, please call this number: 1-800-621-HOPE. Help is available, so please don't hesitate to call. This is Rudy Giuliani.

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