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August 2022

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ENDGBV Annual Advocates of NYC 2022Do you know an impactful advocate for survivors of gender-based violence in NYC?

We, at ENDGBV, think it’s important to recognize and uplift the boundless heroic efforts of advocates working on behalf of NYC survivors of gender-based violence with our annual Advocates of NYC ceremony. Advocates honored in the past are a diverse group. Honorees have provided case management, mental health services, civil legal services, or job readiness training. Others lead healthy relationship workshops or educate communities and raise awareness through the performing arts, while others push for systemic change and equity in the field of gender-based violence. Do you know someone who has made a significant impact on behalf of survivors?

Nominate them to be a 2022 Advocate of NYC today! Submit your nomination for individuals and/or teams by COB on Friday, September 30, 2022 by sending us an email at Please include their full name(s), organization(s), email address(es) where they can be reached, and a brief description of why you think they should be honored as a 2022 Advocate of NYC.

NYC WELL (1-888-NYC-WELL) Connected to 988 as New 3-Digit Dialing Code for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention LifelineLast month, 988 was introduced as the new, Federal, nationwide, three-digit number by the Suicide Prevention (NSPL) Lifeline to help people experiencing mental and behavioral health crises reach trained crisis intervention counselors from anywhere in the country. All calls and texts to 988 will be routed to local hotlines that participate in the NSPL network.

NYC WELL (1-888-NYC-WELL) is NYC’s NSPL accredited hotline and is fully connected to 988 for local calls/texts. The existing methods of contacting NYC WELL will remain available by calling 1-888-NYC-WELL, texting “WELL” to 65173, or using the web-based chat: For local NYC area callers in crisis, it’s important to note that only calls and texts to 988 from the following area codes: (212); (332); (347); (646); (718); (917) and (929) will be automatically routed to NYC WELL counselors. However, if the referring person calls 988 from a non-NYC area code, they will be routed to the NSPL hotline that is associated with their area code. This creates another point of access to NYC WELL, and callers will have access to the same services provided to others who call, text, or chat NYC WELL.

All New Yorkers are encouraged, regardless of the area code associated with their phone, to continue to call 1-888-NYC-WELL, as well as to use 988 to best ensure a direct connection to NYC WELLS’s array of services.

Governor Hochul signs Legislative Package to Provide Support and Resources to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking

On July 20, 2022, Governor Hochul signed eight pieces of legislation (see below) to provide support and resources for victims of human trafficking. She noted, “We must do everything in our power to end the scourge of human trafficking and protect thousands of individuals who fall victim to this abhorrent practice in New York. New Yorkers should know the signs of human trafficking and be ready to lend a hand to stand up for victims.” These new laws will ensure locations such as airports, bus terminals, hotels, truck stops, and bars prominently display information about human trafficking so survivors, employees, and visitors can learn about their rights and get help for themselves or others.

  1. Legislation (S.7360/A.9821) Requires Curriculum Related to Human Trafficking to Be Included in Alcohol Training Awareness
  2. Legislation (S.244B/A.887C) Requires Employees of Lodging Facilities to Be Trained to Recognize Human Trafficking Victims
  3. Legislation (S.8711A/A.9883A) Requires the Thruway Authority to Post Informational Signs and Cards Concerning Services for Human Trafficking Victims in Public Restrooms
  4. Legislation (S.8678/A.9814) Requires Truck Stops to Post Informational Signs and Cards Concerning Services for Human Trafficking Victims in Public Restrooms
  5. Legislation (S.8710/A.9406) Requires Airports to Post Informational Signs and Cards Concerning Services for Human Trafficking Victims in Public Restrooms
  6. Legislation (S.8262/A.9169) Requires Port Authority Airports to Post Informational Signs and Cards Concerning Services for Human Trafficking Victims in Public Restrooms
  7. Legislation (S.8573/A.9410) Requires Port Authority Bus Terminals to Post Informational Signs and Cards Concerning Services for Human Trafficking Victims in Public Restrooms
  8. Legislation (S.3374B/A.7818B) Requires Establishments Serving Alcoholic Beverages to Display Signage Regarding the Offense of Human Trafficking and Assistance Hotline

Learn more here: Governor Hochul Signs Legislative Package to Provide Support and Resources to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking | Governor Kathy Hochul (

Governor Hochul Announces Launch of Statewide Workplace Sexual Harassment Hotline (1-800-HARASS-3)

Last month, Governor Hochul announced the launch of a statewide hotline, 1-800-HARASS-3 (1-800-427-2773), for issues of workplace sexual harassment. Operated by the New York State Division of Human Rights, the confidential hotline connects workers experiencing sexual harassment with experienced pro-bono attorneys for counsel and advice.

Legislation signed in March by Governor Hochul directed the Division to implement this hotline and strengthen protections against retaliation for victims of discrimination and ensured that all public employers are subject to the Human Rights Law. This initiative will provide workers with free guidance to help them deal with the complex issues of sexual harassment. The Division worked closely with the National Employment Lawyers Association of NY, New York State Bar Association, and other bar associations to recruit the volunteer pro bono attorneys who will participate in this effort. Learn more here:


Book Fair at Staten Island Family CenterJoin the Staten Island Family Justice Center (SIFJC) for a Community Book Fair which is being held Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the SIFJC, 126 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY 10301. For more information on this event, contact Wendy Vazquez at; or Astrude Octavius-Zamor at


Donna Ferrato’s “Wall of Silence,” Artwork on Public Display until December 2022

Wall of Silence, Donna FerratoInstalled June 2022 at College Pond Park, (130 Leonard Street, NYC) in Lower Manhattan, the “Wall of Silence” is a public artwork created by artist Donna Ferrato that brings awareness to the plight of criminalized survivors. This artwork was commissioned by ENDGBV and will be on public display until December 2022, to close out the annual 2022 “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,” campaign. An invitation is extended to all to visit and see “The Wall of Silence.”

Learn more at the artist’s website here: which offers, “The ‘Wall of Silence,’ was conceived by photographer Donna Ferrato as a platform for provocation and education—a place to confront realities of gender based violence and to stand up for those who’ve been criminalized for defending themselves against their abusers. Surrounded by New York City’s highest courts, it asks to be seen and for you to see yourself.” More about this public artwork installation from the TribecaTrib:

New York Public Library Sexual Violence Awareness Booklist

New York Public Library LogoWe’ve partnered with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of the New York Public Library (NYPL.) to compile a Sexual Assault Awareness Reading List which is available on the NYPL website blog here: A Sexual Assault Awareness Reading List | The New York Public Library ( In support of this booklist that explores several topics involving sexual violence an ENDGBV representative will be available once a month at SNFL for readers and patrons to answer questions and share information about the vital social services provided by our New York City Family Justice Centers.

ENDGBV Outreach All Over NYC

This summer, the ENDGBV Outreach Team has been everywhere across NYC promoting resources and building community awareness about services available to victims and survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. With an on-site presence tabling at a variety of community events and hosting prevention trainings, the Outreach Team’s commitment is focused and ongoing. Watch for our Outreach Team at a public event nearby in your community soon!

Elder Abuse Awareness Workshop at Patterson Senior Center, Mott haven Bronx, NYC

ABOVE: Conducting an Elder Abuse Awareness Workshop for seniors at a Painting Event at the Patterson Senior Center, Mott Haven, Bronx NYC. (July 2022)

NYPD Patrol Borough Staten Island Harmony Day Picnic

ABOVE: Sharing resources at Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island with the SIFJC for the NYPD Patrol Borough Staten Island HARMONY DAY PICNIC. (July 2022)

Family day at the Manhattanville Houses in Harlem, NYC

ABOVE: Meeting with the community residents for “Family Day” at the Manhattanville Houses in Harlem, NYC. (July 2022)

Catholic Charities Community Services Bronx Center Immigrant Resource Fair, June 2022

ABOVE: At Joyce Kilmer Park (Grand Concourse & 161st St.,) Bronx, NYC sharing resources at Catholic Charities Community Services Bronx Center Immigrant Resource Fair. (June 2022)


Now Accepting Applications

Several exciting full-time positions are now open with our ENDGBV team. To learn how you can apply online or share our openings with your networks, visit New York City’s job bank at: and search by Job ID number.

  1. Administrative Assistant, Bronx Family Justice Center - Job ID #532251
  2. Executive Assistant, Staten Island Family Justice Center - Job ID #537291
  3. Deputy Director, Queens Family Justice Center - Job ID #536247
  4. Director of Research and Evaluation - Job ID #525717
  5. Administrative Coordinator –First Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel - Job ID #525195
  6. Resource Liaison - Job ID #538516
  7. Resource Liaison - Job ID #538923
  8. Deputy Chief of Staff - Job ID #538883


August 26th is Women’s Equality Day

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September 15th to October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month


Check out ENDGBV’s recent media coverage by going to this link on our website:


Help is Available

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or gender-based violence, help is available:

  • Find resources and support in NYC by searching NYC HOPE Resource Directory online at
  • NYC Family Justice Centers offer immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, mental health upport, and other resources by phone or in person. For in person services, clients can call 311 for their nearest Family Justice Center to make an appointment or walk in if they cannot engage in remote services safely or effectively.
  • Call 311 to be connected to the nearest NYC Family Justice Center
  • Call NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-621-HOPE (4673) for immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, and other resources, TTY: 866-604-5350 In an emergency, dial 911.

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