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

Monthly Bulletin

April 2021

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Commissioner’s Message

Cecile Noel

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During Sexual Violence Awareness Month every April and every day, we stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence in NYC and the world. Ever since the global movement grew out of a 1998 decision by the Italian Supreme Court to overturn a rape conviction because the survivor wore tight jeans, supporters around the globe have worn denim to proclaim that there is never an excuse, nor an invitation, to rape.

By the time you finish watching our three countdown to Denim Day videos on Instagram, a sexual assault will have occurred. So we are sending a big “thank you” to you for marking Denim Day together with us. Let’s keep looking “beyond the jeans,” to highlight ways to mobilize our friends, family, colleagues, and communities. Engage with us and our partners on the Denim Day Committee to learn ways to do this all year round, at


Survivor Town Hall

An important step is to believe and support survivors as they need to be supported.

Join us on the next stop of Survivor Townhalls hosted across the five boroughs by ENDGBV’s Voices Committee and our local community partners. Our next stop is a dialogue about mental health, managing home school, and accountability for abusive partners—in Queens, on May 20th.

Register to attend online at



Get the latest updates on COVID-19 in New York City, and keep up with the latest citywide service modifications on the City’s Agency Suspensions and Reductions page.

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.
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The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all New York residents aged 16 and older. People who live outside of the state but work or study in New York are also eligible to get vaccinated. People who are eligible based on employment include both paid and unpaid workers.

Note: People who are 16 or 17 years old are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

Learn more
and find a vaccine site location for eligible New Yorkers using the Vaccine Finder at or call: 1-877-VAX4NYC.

Most City-run sites are now offering walk-up vaccinations for New Yorkers. Visit for walk-up vaccination sites where you do not need an appointment.



New: Covid-19 Impact survey for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

Impact Survey for GBV Survivors

Survivors of gender-based violence in NYC can now submit responses for ENDGBV’s anonymous survey gauging the impacts of COVID-19 on survivors. The survey is available in NYC Local Law languages, including English, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Bangla, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Urdu, and simplified and traditional Chinese.


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ENDGBV x OutsmartNYC

During the month of April, we partnered with OutsmartNYC on ads on LinkNYC kiosks. Did you see one in the wild? Send us a photo or post and tag us!

New Release: 2020 Annual Report on Domestic Violence Initiatives, Indicators and Factors
These annual reports provide an overview of select program activities and initiatives of our Office, in compliance of Local Law 38 of 2019.


Unlock Health Care with Dignity

Get Covered, New York

NYS has extended the Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers through May 15, 2021. 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.


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


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OPINION: Violence spiked during the pandemic: Victims need our help
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Military Panel Urges Taking Sexual Assault Cases Out Of Commanders' Control
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Manhattan to Stop Prosecuting Prostitution, Part of Nationwide Shift
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Simone Biles Says Representing Abuse Survivors Is Part of Why She’s Returning to the Olympics
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Opinion: Why Do We Let Corporations Profit From Rape Videos?
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Prevention is ‘only cure’ to end sexual violence in conflict, Security Council hears
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Tools for Teens to Call Out Sexual Violence
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How a Long History of Intertwined Racism and Misogyny Leaves Asian Women in America Vulnerable to Violence
Read the full story at TIME


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