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

Monthly Bulletin

September 2020

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Commissioner’s Message

Cecile Noel

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As we enter the season that traditionally celebrates the harvest, I hope you will also look back at this year with a sense of pride and accomplishment for surviving and thriving through an unprecedented and remarkable time. This year has demanded constant adaptability from us as we continue to serve survivors. For example, some recent good news, NYS has extended the residential eviction moratorium into January.

At our NYC Family Justice Centers, we are continuing to develop our reopening plans with care and caution. Throughout the year, we have provided and will be continuing to provide support to survivors by connecting them to immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, legal consultations, counseling sessions, case management sessions, and other vital community resources. While ENDGBV’s in-person activities are still paused, you can request for our trainings to be presented to your group virtually. (Learn more at

A few important reminders during this flu season:

  • NYC H+H is now offering Express COVID testing that can provide results in 24 hours.
  • NYS has extended the Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers through December 31, 2020. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through New York State's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers.
  • NYC Care health coverage is now available citywide to all New Yorkers! If you cannot afford or are not eligible for health insurance, you can enroll to access comprehensive and affordable primary, preventative, and specialized health care at NYC H+H hospitals. Call 646-NYC-CARE (646-692-2273) or visit a NYC H+H location to enroll.

I wish you and your loved ones a safe and healthy season. I am looking forward to the ways we will partner to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month together this year.


A number of citywide service modifications also remain in place. You can refresh the list of Agency Suspensions and Reductions for the latest City updates.

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. Survivors can call the FJC in their borough on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

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

After hours and on weekends, survivors can call the City's 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-621-4673 (1-800-621-HOPE) or using 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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It’s more important now than ever that we recognize the heroic efforts of our advocates. Do you know someone who has made a significant impact on behalf of survivors in NYC? Send your nominations for individuals and/or teams by Monday, October 26, 2020 to us at: You must include their full name and organization, an email address where they can be reached, and a brief description of why they should be honored as 2020 Advocate of NYC.


A flyer for the No Steps Back Event


As part of ENDGBV’s #NoStepsBack campaign this summer, addressing the legacy of racism in sexual violence responses, we 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. You can now re-watch our Advocates Chats and Keynote Discussion with Dr. Beth Richie on our FB ( The #NoStepsBack Digital Campaign toolkit is also still available.


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We are accepting submissions for our DVAM calendar throughout October. To list your free, public event on our calendar of citywide DVAM events, which highlights the breadth of awareness activities hosted by community and advocacy organizations, send us your submissions for virtual and local events by completing an online form for each event at:


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Here’s a new flyer about our NYC Family Justice Centers. You can look forward to a DVAM toolkit coming soon too—all our materials are available on our Outreach Materials page!

We also recently released data sets at OpenDataNYC, such as count data for the number of intimate partner homicides and homicide-suicides in New York City from 2010-2018. Check it out!

And you may have noticed our new twitter handle! @nycendgbv



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