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Domestic Violence

The NYPD responds to approximately 230,000 domestic incidents annually, or nearly six-hundred calls a day. Domestic violence prevention police officers face unpredictable, potentially volatile situations and therefore, are highly trained to help ensure victims' safety as well as their own.

More than 400 NYPD domestic violence prevention officers, investigators and supervisors assist victims of domestic violence in precincts and Housing Bureau police service areas citywide. Domestic violence officers visit the homes of victims, make referrals to court, provide counseling services and shelter alternatives, facilitate obtaining orders of protection and help in personal safety planning.

The Department is committed to serving all communities in the City of New York, especially those vulnerable to victimization. Victims of domestic violence, stalking, and other sexually related crimes who have entered the United States on a temporary basis may be eligible for U nonimmigrant status. Learn more about U nonimmigrant status, also known as U visa Certification.

In addition to enforcing the laws and working to ensure victims' safety, the NYPD Domestic Violence Unit performs domestic violence awareness outreach. Each local precinct and police service area has a domestic violence office.

The NYPD has prepared three separate brochures about domestic violence and the strategies that can help combat or prevent it. These brochures have been translated into Spanish, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Russian, and Arabic.

How the Police Can Help


Safety Planning




Strangulation (Choking)