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

Monthly Bulletin

August 2020

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Message from Commissioner

Cecile Noel

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As we all continue to evolve our daily habits to living, working, and thriving under pandemic conditions, ENDGBV is continuing to provide support to survivors—including immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, legal consultations, counseling sessions, case management sessions, and other community resources. We have moved our events online, such as our first Survivor Town Hall with Voices of Women and other Bronx community partners, and our #NoStepsBack Advocates Chats and Digital Campaign. We have also moved our trainings online, including the NYC Healthy Relationships Training Academy’s introductory videos on teen dating violence and healthy relationships.
Like many of you, our partners, we are refining our reopening plans with care and caution, and we look forward to reopening the NYC Family Justice Centers when it becomes safe for our clients and staff to meet in person again. As we resettle into new routines, continually evolve our remote services to support survivors, and shape up plans for reopening, please also remember to prioritize and care for yourself, your family and your loved ones. We’re in this together, and we’ll get through it together.  


At ENDGBV, temporary service suspensions include in-person meet and greets, tours, trainings, and workshops. Citywide service modifications also remain in place. Keep checking the list of Agency Suspensions and Reductions for the latest citywide information.

NYC Family Justice Centers are available by phone to offer survivors 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.



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#NoStepsBack Campaign

As part of ENDGBV’s #NoStepsBack campaign addressing the legacy of racism in sexual violence responses, we have facilitated discussions about the work needed to move toward anti-racist services, programs, and policies that empower folks with various identities along their healing journeys.

  • Sign up for our final #NoStepsBack event, A Discussion with Dr. Beth Richie, happening this Friday, August 21st from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.:

Dr. Beth Richie is Head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice and Professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The emphasis of her scholarly and activist work has been on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women's experience of violence and incarceration, with a focus on the experiences of African-American battered women and sexual assault survivors. Dr. Richie is the author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation (NYU Press, 2012) which chronicles the evolution of the contemporary anti-violence movement during the time of mass incarceration in the United States, and numerous articles concerning Black feminism and gender violence, race and criminal justice policy, and the social dynamics around issues of sexuality, prison abolition, and grassroots organizations in African American Communities. Dr. Richie is also a board member of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African Community, the National Network for Women in Prison, A Call To Men, and a founding member of INCITE!, a network of radical feminists of color organizing to end state violence and violence in their homes and communities.

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We're now accepting submissions for our NYC Domestic Violence Awareness Month calendar!

To list your event in our calendar of citywide DVAM events, which highlights the breadth of DVAM activities hosted by community and advocacy organizations, you can send us your submissions for virtual and local events by completing an online form for each event by Friday, September 18th at:


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ENDGBV recently published new reports and data sets!

New York City Family Justice Centers: Supporting Our Foreign-Born Clients (Issued August 2020): An overview of the foreign-born client population at the NYC Family Justice Centers between 2010-2019, and how we tailor our community engagement and service provision.
Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Annual Fact Sheet 2002-2019: A complete data set of all the information on our annual fact sheets over the last 18 years.

A Foundation Report: Family Violence: Data from the ENDGBV report that provided information on 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: New York City Community Board Districts: A dataset containing 2016-2019 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.

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Special thanks to Hollaback! and L’Oréal Paris for our staff training! Together, they have joined forces to ensure everyone’s self-worth by leveraging Hollaback!’s 5 D’s methodology to help people safely intervene when they experience or witness harassment in public spaces. The goal of the Stand Up program is to train 1,000,000 people to become Upstanders before the end of 2021 and, ultimately, build a culture where street harassment becomes behavior that is simply unacceptable. You can sign up for a free public training at



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The NYC Test & Trace Corps works to get New Yorkers tested for COVID-19 and providing resources to those who have tested positive, such 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



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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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