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

Monthly Bulletin

November 2020

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Commissioner’s Message

Cecile Noel

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Survivors need us now more than ever. Marking this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence offers additional avenues for us to show survivors our support and offer important resources. Gender-based violence (GBV) can include intimate partner and family violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. (Learn more.) COVID-19 puts into sharp focus the vulnerabilities that many people in our city face every day, especially survivors of gender-based violence. It highlights the barriers and challenges that we know keep people from seeking help and finding safety. I am here to assure survivors that the City is here for you during this crisis, and beyond. Every day, we stand up against GBV. And as ever, we stand alongside our crucial partners from the advocacy and broader community and a campaign that spans 120 countries across the world through the work of grassroots activists organizing to prevent and respond to GBV. There’s work to do yet, and it begins with you, me, and us.


New York City has lately seen an uptick of COVID-19 cases (get more info) and certain citywide service modifications remain in place. Refer to this list of Agency Suspensions and Reductions for the latest updates.

The NYC Family Justice Centers (FJCs) 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 Center in their borough on Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Brooklyn FJC: (718)-250-5113
  • Bronx FJC: (718)-508-1220
  • Manhattan FJC: (212)-602-2800
  • Queens FJC: (718)-575-4545
  • Staten Island FJC: (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
  • Visit NYC HOPE ( for additional community resources and information.


Address Confidentiality Program

NEW: Apply for NYS Address Confidentiality Program Online

The New York State Address Confidentiality Program can help victims of domestic violence and gender-based violence—such as stalking, sexual offenses, and human trafficking—protect the privacy of their home, school, and/or work addresses.

Learn more at


A woman jumping with an open umbrella, next to the words NYC Marks 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Join the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

16 Days of Activism runs from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women through International Human Rights Day (November 25 to December 10).

How can you support?

Find an event to attend. #WearOrange. Host an event and list it on the NYC 16 Days calendar. Join the conversation online with #nycagainstgbv. Together, we can take steps and spread awareness to end gender-based violence.


Connect, Care, Create

A Few Special Happenings

November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Show your support for survivors and spread awareness for GBV by posting on social media on this, Wear Orange Day

December 10, Digital Exhibit: Connect, Care, Create: Healing Collective Trauma through Art

ENDGBV and curator Jasmine Castillo from the Escape Artists Collective invite you to our third annual art exhibit.

This online only art exhibit will explore the process of healing from interpersonal and structural forms of violence, particularly during the COVID-19 and racial injustice pandemics. There will be opportunities to connect & to participate in live art activations, the sharing of stories, providing resources and a healing space for reflection. Register to attend at

Multiple Dates/Times – “Stand Up Against Street Harassment” with a Bystander Intervention Training
Make our streets safer for everyone. Sign up for an hourlong session with a live trainer, or host a training. Training sessions are available for the general population and young people. Presented by Hollaback! and L’Oreal Paris.


Use this flyer about NYC Family Justice Centers and find helpful materials such as toolkits 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.

You can find ENDGBV on social media at…
Instagram: @nycagainstabuse
Facebook: @nycendgbv
Twitter: @nycendgbv


Light blue background with destination map pin and text of COVID-19 Tests are free, safe, easy, available at over 100 locations. Go to to find a testing site near you.

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



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