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

Monthly Bulletin

October 2020

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Commissioner’s Message

Cecile Noel

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I want to start on NYC Go Purple Day by thanking you, our partners, for your collaboration and steadfast support. And during this last, truly unprecedented year, we have rallied in an impressive fashion—from grappling with safe ways to connect with our clients, to adapting our services to fit the needs of survivors on an everchanging basis. What you do for survivors every day, inspires and invigorates me. Thank you for all you do, and please, on today of all days…show off your purple with pride!


While all of New York City is very recently back in the yellow zone, certain citywide service modifications remain in place. Please check the list of Agency Suspensions and Reductions for the latest City updates.

NYC Family Justice Centers remain 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.


Colorblocked purple and cyan No Steps Back event on August 21st 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Keynote Discussion graphic with headshots of Dr. Beth Richie (scholar, activist, author) and Taylor Blackston (moderator) and ENDBGV logo


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.


CAll for Artists


ENDGBV and art exhibit curator Jasmine Castillo of Escape Artists Collective are seeking artists and artist groups of all ages who are living and working in NYC to submit their art for a virtual exhibit on December 9th called, “Connect, Care, Create: Healing Collective Trauma through Art”. You may submit up to six images of your work, with descriptions and a brief artist’s statement by Friday, November 6, 2020 to:


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


TODAY IS NYC GO PURPLE DAY! You’ll notice partners and landmarks lighting up purple in support of survivors tonight, from City Hall to Yankee Stadium, from the Parachute Jump in Coney Island to Barclays Center—what will you spot? Post a photo and be sure to tag us and use #NYCGoPurple…last hint: don’t forget to check out the tickers at Whitehall Terminal or Link NYC kiosks citywide!


Cover of a report that reads Using Restortative Approaches to Address Intiamte Partner Violence - A New York City Blueprint


Here’s our new flyer about NYC Family Justice Centers and our DVAM social media toolkit (you can also just download the graphics). You’ll also find helpful materials on our Outreach Materials page—about employee rights, tips for employers supporting survivors in the workplace, our toolkits for cosmetologists and faith leaders, and our brochures about IPV, stalking, and more.


Some additional resources that may interest you:

  • Our team has been working with the Center for Court Innovation on a recently released publication, called “Using Restorative Approaches to Address IPV: A New York City Blueprint ”. Check out this outline of pathways for developing restorative and community-based approaches to intimate partner violence in NYC that are outside of the legal system.
  • ICYMI: Here’s our Learning Module on the Impact of Domestic Violence—take a look yourself, and share it with your colleagues, family, and friends!

You may have noticed that our twitter handle recently changed. You can now find us on Twitter as: @nycendgbv


You can refer to our DVAM Events Calendar for upcoming events rounding out DVAM. Some of our virtual events next week that you won’t want to miss…

Hope in Faith October 27, 2020, 6-7:30 pm. A virtual event and testimonial to educate, inspire and activate faith leaders and community members to support, advocate, and speak out against all forms of domesitc and gender-based violence in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Email to join this Event

Survivor Virtual Town Hall - Wednesday October 28th, 2020 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm. Our Brooklyn-Based Topics & Discussion about Tech about and Dgital Safety, DOE and Survivor Safety, and Family Couty and Survivor Saftey RSVP at

You are not alone: An evening of survivor voices. 10/29 from 6pm to 7:45 pm. Join us for a panel discussion to raise awareness of domestic violence and resources for survivors. Register at


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The NYC Test & Trace Corps gets New Yorkers tested for COVID-19 and provides resources to those testing positive, including 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. NYC H+H is also offering Express COVID testing that can provide results in 24 hours. Learn more about testing, or find out if you are in a COVID-19 zone

Unlock Health Care with Dignity


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 available 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



Governor Cuomo Announces Creation of Regional Domestic Violence Councils to Engage Local Stakeholders in State's Work to Modernize and Improve Services for Survivors
Read the press release at NYS Governor's site

Legislation to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Signed into Law
Get the story at Ms. Magazine

Early numbers suggest domestic violence homicides may be on the rise around the country
Get the story at NBC News

Increase in domestic violence calls amid pandemic: What to know to protect yourself
Get the story at PIX11

A Reckoning Inside the Domestic-Violence Movement
Get the story at the Nation

NYPD addressing domestic violence amid pandemic
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Bronx District Attorney to hold virtual 5K to end domestic violence
Get the story at the Bronx Times

On #MeToo Anniversary, Leaders Say Focus Is on Inequality
Get the story at NBC New York

As #MeToo turns three, founder launches platform to fight sexual violence
Get the story at the NH Union Leader


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