Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Violence Gender-Based Violence

Monthly Bulletin

July 2020

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Message from Commissioner

Cecile Noel

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As we watch the COVID numbers in New York City and State with cautious optimism, we continue to adapt to living, working, and thriving under new conditions. As we continue to provide support by phone and settle plans to reopen our Family Justice Centers when it becomes safe for our staff and our clients for us to do so, here are a few key highlights for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence in New York City.

  • If you are unable to call 911, send a text!
    To help spread the word, you can download marketing materials, including videos for those who are Deaf and hard of hearing (with English and Spanish subtitles and voice-overs), and an ad in English and Spanish.
  • NYC FJCs can help survivors with immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, civil legal services, mental health support, and more by phone.
    From Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., survivors can call their nearest FJC...
    • In the Bronx – Call 718-508-1220
    • In Brooklyn – Call 718-250-5113
    • In Manhattan – Call 212-602-2800
    • In Queens – Call 718-575-4545
    • On Staten Island – Call 718-697-4300

On evenings and weekends, the City’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline remains available at 1-800-621-4673 (1-800-621-HOPE).

  • Check on your family, friends, and neighbors.
    Survivors, seniors, and other vulnerable community members need their community now more than ever. Reach out to the people in your life regularly, to connect and let them know that you are available. Seniors can connect with a friendly volunteer to chat over the phone by calling 1-212-AGING-NYC (1-212-244-6469) and asking about the Friendly Visiting Program.
  • Take care of yourself.
    NYC Well provides free, confidential mental health support in over 200 languages – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whenever you feel that you want to connect with a trained counselor, New Yorkers can call 1-888-NYC-WELL or text “WELL” to 65173. New York State also runs a COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline, available by calling 1-844-863-9314.

As our lives resettle into new habits and routines, it underscores the critical importance of community, supporting our loved ones, and taking care of our most vulnerable New Yorkers. As we shape up plans for reopening, I am confident that, together, we will rebuild even stronger than before – by continually learning and developing new ways to engage and serve survivors and strengthening our partnerships.


Citywide service modifications remain in place. You can keep checking the list of City Agency Suspensions and Reductions for the latest information.

Service suspensions at ENDGBV include in-person meet and greets, tours, trainings, and workshops. (You can now access the NYC Healthy Relationships Training Academy’s introductory videos on teen dating violence and healthy relationships on our website:

Service modifications at ENDGBV:

NYC Family Justice Centers are available by phone to offer guidance on immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, legal consultations, counseling sessions, case management sessions, community resources, and more. Call Mondays - Fridays, 9 AM to 5 PM on the FJC phone line:

  • Brooklyn: 1-718-250-5113
  • Bronx: 1-718-508-1220
  • Manhattan: 1-212-602-2800
  • Queens: 1-718-575-4545
  • Staten Island: 1-718-697-4300

After hours and on weekends, survivors can call the City's 24-hour Domestic Violence hotline: 1-800-621-4673 (HOPE); TTY: 1-800-810-7444.

Survivors with access to the internet can also visit NYC HOPE ( for additional resources and information.



New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street

We applaud and join our advocate colleagues in celebrating the New York State Senate’s recent passing of the Protect Our Courts Act (POCA). After being signed into law by Governor Cuomo, it would bar law enforcement officials, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, from arresting people keeping appointments at New York State courthouses without a judicial warrant. A statewide survey of advocates working with DV survivors conducted by the Immigrant Defense Project found that one third of their clients were “afraid to seek an order of protection in court due to fear of ICE”. Learn more about POCA


A flyer for the No Steps Back Event

Upcoming Event: #NoStepsBack Advocates Chat

As part of ENDGBV’s #NoStepsBAck campaign addressing the legacy of racism in sexual violence responses, join us on August 4, 2020 at 2-3 p.m. for a discussion about the work needed to move toward anti-racist services, programs, and policies that empower folks with various identities along their healing journeys.

Join the live discussion with Black advocates working at the intersections of racial justice and sexual violence prevention:

  • Ashley Sawyer from Girls from Gender Equity
  • Jewel Cadet from the Center for Anti-Violence Education
  • K. Richardson from the NYC Anti-Violence Project

Register online at:
(URL is case-sensitive)



We’ve Released New OpenData Dataset

Family Violence Related Snapshots: NYC Community Board Districts

The dataset contains annual count data for the number of family-related domestic incident reports, family-related felony assaults, domestic violence related felony assaults, family-related rapes and domestic violence related rapes.

Intimate Partner Violence Related Snapshots - NYC Community Board Districts

The dataset contains annual count data for the number of intimate partner related domestic incident reports, intimate partner-related felony assaults, domestic violence related felony assaults, intimate partner-related rapes and domestic violence related rapes.



Snapshot of NYC Vital Signs Newsletter

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Health recently released a new NYC Vital Signs newsletter, on the Psychological and Physical Intimate Partner Violence among Adults — New York City

Abstract: Community Health Survey data were used to estimate the burden of psychological and physical intimate partner violence (IPV) among adults in NYC, to better understand what groups may be at greatest risk and describe other health behaviors and conditions reported by adults who have experienced these forms of IPV. Those who had experienced either form of IPV had a higher prevalence of smoking, depression, and not getting needed mental health treatment than those who had not experienced IPV. The report includes an introduction contextualizing the importance of these data in light of COVID-19 stay-at-home exacerbating IPV for some. The report also includes recommendations for New Yorkers, health care providers and community leaders.



COVID-19 test

The NYC Test & Trace Corps works to get New Yorkers tested for COVID-19 and providing resources to those who have tested positive, such as free temporary isolation housing at hotels for people who do not require medical care and are unable to isolate where they live. The Corps are committed to protecting the privacy and security of New Yorkers’ personal and health information to the maximum extent permitted by federal, state and city law. Learn more about testing



Live in NYC? YEs, you fill out the census

Taking ten minutes to answer ten questions—none of which are about immigration status, and all of which are prohibited by federal law from being shared with law enforcement or shared for any purposes other than statistical reporting—will affect the funding that New York City receives for housing, education, roads, and more the next ten years. Census results also affect New York’s representation in every level of government. The 2020 Census will be available online at until mid-August. Get counted, New Yorkers!


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