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

Monthly Bulletin

December 2020

STAY CONNECTED: ENDGBV on Facebook   ENDGBV on instagram   ENDGBV on twitter 

Commissioner’s Message

Cecile Noel

Cecile Noel silhouette

2020 has been a challenging year for us all. COVID-19 has changed our lives, and how we do our work. None of us could have imagined only one year ago that we would be providing services remotely under pandemic conditions. Yet, here we are after ten months and counting. Together, our community has evolved to include a remote model, where the vital safe space that we offer to survivors is preserved. COVID-19 highlights the barriers and challenges that we know keep survivors from seeking help and finding safety. As New York is on pause and social distancing, we are all adapting to a new normal—which can fill our own lives and the lives of survivors with unexpected anxiety, fear, uncertainty, and isolation. Never forget that, because of you and the work that you do every day, while New York may be on pause, hope is not on pause. We will continue to work together to find increasingly creative, unique, and impactful ways to help survivors during difficult times. I wish you and your loved ones a warm, healthy, and happy holiday season.


You can get information on COVID-19 in New York City online, and refer to this list of Agency Suspensions and Reductions for the latest on citywide service modifications which remain in place.

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.


Photo of NYC landscape

NYS HCR's COVID Rent Relief Program Expands

Homes and Community Renewal expands rent relief through February 1, 2021. Previous applicants do not have to reapply to be considered. Applications for the HCR COVID Rent Relief Program are available online at HCR.NY.GOV/RRP


Address Confidentiality Program with a closed gold lock

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


January Calendar

In January 2021, ENDGBV will be hosting events marking Human Trafficking Awareness and Stalking Awareness. Stay tuned for more information!



New York City landmark buildings lit up in orange

ENDGBV marked 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence with our partners in virtual events, as well as illuminating key city buildings and other locations in orange. With local partners and the larger global community, we raised awareness about the far-reaching consequences of GBV between November 25 (the International Day to End Violence against Women) and December 10 (the International Human Rights Day). We observed 16 Days of Activism virtually this year, with runs, marches, trainings, panels, and art exhibits.

We were honored to work with Jasmine Castillo of the Escape Artists Collective to present the work of NYC artists at our third—and first ever, virtual—art exhibit. Almost 140 attendees joined us at “CONNECT. CARE. CREATE: HEALING COLLECTIVE TRAUMA THROUGH ART,” to explore our communities, healing, and survivorship. Check out our social media for more from the exhibit!

Collage of black and white profile pictures of 2020 Advocates of New York

This year, we dedicated our celebration of the 2020 Advocates of New York to our beloved colleague, the late Anabella Escobar, Executive Director of Manhattan FJC—for her calm, centered presence and her tremendous advocacy.

And we thank our partners for lighting up orange in support of survivors!

  • City Hall
  • Gracie Mansion
  • David Dinkins Municipal Building
  • 1 World Trade Center
  • Bank of America Tower
  • 4 Times Square
  • Coney Island Parachute Jump
  • Brooklyn Borough Hall
  • Barclays Center
  • Staten Island Borough Hall
  • Queens Borough Hall

Connect with us for more you can do now, after the end of 16 Days of Activism!

Profile pictures of four outreach team members wearing orange shirts. Reads: I did what? Work with us!
Logo of NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy and screenshot of previews of three training videos on YouTube (Defining Dating Violence, Warning Signs, Supporting Survivors). Reads: 16 Days is what? Learn with us!


COVID tests are free, safe, easy, available at over 100 locations. Go to

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 January 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.



What Women Can Expect from a Biden Presidency: On Ending Violence Against Women
Full story at Ms. Magazine

Young women face greatest threat from intimate partner violence, new UNFPA data dashboard shows
Full story at Reliefweb

Goodwill Ambassador Munida Mazari Asks Moms to Raise Non-Violent Boys
Full story at Moms

4 Fort Hood leaders disciplined as probe finds 'permissive environment for sexual assault' at the Army base
Full story at NBC

Pandemic continues to intensify domestic violence crisis for Queens families
Full story at Queens Eagle

Op-Ed: We Must Take Steps Now to Help Domestic Violence Survivors
Full story at Gotham Gazette

Opinion: Domestic Violence Survivors Need Culturally-Sensitive Court Services
Full story at City Limits

Domestic Violence in a Pandemic
Full story at WNYC

Is the Legal System an Effective Solution to Domestic Violence?
Full story at NY Times


Disclaimer: We believe in the principles of open dialogue and considering varying perspectives. Viewpoints or opinions expressed in the content of this communication or in articles linked do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, or the City of New York.

Read the Privacy Policy

NYC Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence

ENDGBV on Facebook   ENDGBV on instagram   ENDGBV on twitter   NYC Hope  


The Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) is now the Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. Find out more at