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

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Message from Commissioner

Cecile Noel

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In a city with over 8.5 million inhabitants and where more than 800 different languages are spoken, it is estimated that one in five New Yorkers are dealing with a mental health disorder. For Minority Mental Health Awareness month this July, let’s remember that survivors of domestic and gender-based violence have significantly higher rates of adverse mental health outcomes, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Due to the stigma associated with mental illness, people can feel ashamed or embarrassed to seek the help needed–for themselves or their loved ones. Compounded by the challenges of getting help in their your own language and/or in a culturally competent manner, it can be even more difficult for the most vulnerable New Yorkers to get help. That’s why we look forward to releasing an expanded NYC HOPE website, the City’s searchable resource directory for services for domestic and gender-based violence survivors, later this month. It’s also why we are asking for your help to spread the word to your colleagues and broader networks about NYC HOPE, which can be found at:

You will also find our NYC HOPE digital toolkit on our website and our social media channels later this month. Follow us on social media, and let’s spread the news together that help is available—so that more New Yorkers can learn about available services and resources, for themselves and the people they care about. As First Lady Chirlane McCray often asserts, so that “there is no wrong door for survivors seeking help.”

As always, thank you for your partnership!

What's New

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Do you work with, or know, a tireless and impactful advocate for survivors of gender-based violence in NYC? Help us honor them! Nominate an individual or team by submitting their information to by August 23, 2019. Please include their full name(s), organization(s), email address(es) where they can be reached, and a brief description of why you think they should be honored as a 2019 Advocate of NYC.

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Our Staten Island Family Justice Center (SIFJC) team celebrated its third year with over 6,200 client visits, more than 2,000 unique clients served, almost 140 community trainings and events for the Staten Island community, and establishing monthly Pop-up FJC outreach events—all in collaboration with over 35 valued partners. Not to mention being honored with the Community Champion Award from Staten Island Legal Services this year. Cheers to our tireless staff and partner staff for working together to provide a safe, caring space for survivors and their children!

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Commissioner Noel tells reporter Katie Pyzyk about how NYC provides digital privacy checkups at FJCs and works with survivors to use tech safely.
Read the full story on Smart Cities Dive


Anabella Escobar, Executive Director of the New York City Family Justice Center in Manhattan (MFJC), sits down with Stephanie Nilva, Executive Director of Day One, and Jay Dow from PIX11 to talk about resources available to survivors of domestic violence.
Watch the interview on FB

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At Sanctuary for Families' (SFF) annual gala and silent auction this year, ENDGBV’s Flore Baptiste spoke to over 500 attendees about her experience with SFF—first as a client, and her continued work as a trained Survivor Leader. Flore spoke about the impact that SFF's support made in her and her children's lives, acting as the catalyst for many of the great things that have happened to them since, and about her work as a Community Liaison on ENDGBV’s Outreach team, making sure that New Yorkers know about all the resources available to survivors of DV and GBV. A well-deserved honor!

Learn about a day in the life of Gibney’s Community Action Artistic Manager–with a shoutout to ENDGBV’s own Community Educator, Kimara Lucius, who collaborates with Gibney on the Hands are for Holding residency (about healthy relationships for youth participants) and Move to Move Beyond (for survivors or GBV). Read full spotlight on Gibney’s website.

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Commissioner Noel presented on the unique and successful NYC FJC model at a high level conference organized by the Romanian Presidency to the EU Council, “Towards a Europe Free from Violence Against Women and Girls.”

ENDGBV and our Queens FJC also hosted the Consul General of Denmark at a meeting about Human Trafficking with Acting Supreme Court Justice of the Queens County Human Trafficking Intervention Court Judge Toko Serita, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, the NYPD, Voces Latinas and Sanctuary for Families.

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We recently published our Family Violence Foundation Report, an overview of family violence, including local crime statistics and data from the New York City Family Justice Centers.

We also released a new Domestic Violence Toolkit for Salon and Barbershop Professionals for our latest outreach initiative to local area cosmetologists and barbershops.


The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs recently released a flyer about Resources for Immigrant Crime Victims, which includes information about U and T visas, which can protect immigrant victims who help law enforcement in the detection, investigation, or prosecution of certain serious crimes, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

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.

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, visit or visit the NYC’s Jobs site and search by Job ID number:

  • Senior Communications Adviser (Job ID: 25431)

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