Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Violence Gender-Based Violence
Monthly Bulletin
May 2019

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Message from Commissioner

Cecile Noel

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

This month, as we draw awareness to the sobering fact that one in four Americans is affected by mental health issues, we are proud to report that the Mental Health Program at our New York City Family Justice Centers has served 700 clients through almost 5,400 client visits since launching in December 2016. We also recognize that there is more work to do.

In New York City, the ThriveNYC initiative continues its work to address the stigma that is commonly associated with mental illness, to raise awareness about its impact on individuals, and highlight the many resources available in our city.

As part of THRIVE, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings help individuals recognize the early signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance misuse. Participants also learn how to listen without judgment, and help someone in distress until they can get the professional care they may need.

Mental Health First Aid USA instructor trainings can teach individuals how to provide MHFA trainings through a five-day course. Here at ENDGBV, since the initiative launched, our on-staff MHFA trainers have trained over 775 adult and youth participants. Learn how you can get training to respond to someone in distress through an eight-hour training (available to all New Yorkers), or how to become a trainer yourself by visiting

What's New

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ENDGBV at Denim Day NYC Rally Against Sexual Assault

On the 20th anniversary of global Denim Day, Commissioner Noel spoke about affirmative consent at the Denim Day NYC rally: “It’s my body, and my choice.” Get more details from the Manhattan Times coverage


Queens Latino reported on the first Peruvian Town Hall in NYC. Read full story at VOICES of NY

A panorama view of the attendies for the creating Pathways Sexual Assault Conference

Creating Pathways Sexual Assault Conference

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, ENDGBV convened experts from law enforcement and the medical, legal and advocacy fields to discuss best practices and survivor-centered responses to sexual assault. Enhancing Systems' Response to Sexual Violence.

ENDGBV New Release: Healthy and Safe Workplaces

We recently published two quick guides for maintaining healthy and safe workplaces, one for Employees and one for Employers.

In Case You Missed It...

NYC Commission on Human Rights launches new anti-sexual harassment training video.
As of April 22, 2019, annual anti-sexual harassment training is required for New York City businesses with 15 employees or more, under the city’s 2018 Stop Sexual Harassment Act. Read full story at AMNY

Empire Justice Center Releases New Domestic Violence Report: Does New York's Family Violence Option Make A Difference?
New Report Analyzes Impact of the Family Violence Option (FVO) on Domestic Violence Victims. Read the report

Upcoming Trainings

Every month, ENDGBV's NYC Family Justice Centers (FJCs) host Core trainings and workshops for service providers. We also occasionally provide advanced and special trainings. This month's advanced trainings at MFJC include Tech Abuse, Conducting a Nuanced and Holistic Assessment in IPV Cases, and Consumer Law.

Check for our full schedule of upcoming trainings and learn how you can sign up at

Handicap Logo All NYC FJCs are wheelchair accessible, including entrances and restrooms. If you require any other accommodations, such as ASL interpretation, please contact persons at the respective location upon registering at least 5 business days before event date(s) to ensure that an interpreter will be available.

Join the ENDGBV Team

Now Accepting Applications

Exciting full-time positions are now open across our teams, including outreach, policy, training, research, and at our FJCs. To learn how you can apply online, or share our openings with your networks by visiting or visiting NYC’s Jobs site and search for these Job ID numbers:

  • Director of Intergovernmental Affairs (Job ID: 366309)
  • Senior Communications Adviser (Job ID: 25431)

In the News

Sexting: Young Men Report Poor Mental Health After Receiving Unwanted Sexts
Read full story at Inverse

More than 12,000 Boy Scouts were victims of sexual abuse, expert says
Read full story at ABC News

Lawmakers Expect to Vote on Pregnancy Center Bill
Read full story at U.S. News

Inside One Woman’s Fight to Rewrite the Law on Marital Rape
Read full story at New York Times

Large Majority Of Teen Dating Violence Victims Are Female, Says Study
Read full story at Tech Times

'No Visible Bruises' Upends Stereotypes Of Abuse, Sheds Light On Domestic Violence
Read full story at NPR

The Particular Cruelty of Domestic Violence
Read full story at The Atlantic

Pentagon report shows sharp rise in military sexual assaults
Read full story at Vox

Can Domestic Abusers Be Cured?
Read full story at Mother Jones.

‘It’s Like the Wild West’: Sexual Assault Victims Struggle in K-12 Schools
Read the full story at New York Times


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