We celebrate the powerful role the arts can play in addressing domestic and gender-based violence. We believe in the power of art therapy to heal, of arts-related prevention programming, and for the arts to be a catalyst for raising awareness and supporting communities in responding to violence. In our mission to support the advocacy community and collaborate with the arts community over the years, we have engaged in myriad partnerships with the arts community. Learn more
The Coordinated Approach to Preventing Stalking (CAPS) program is an initiative of the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV), in collaboration with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and local District Attorney's offices, to increase the identification and reporting of intimate partner stalking cases, enhance both stalking arrests and prosecutions and link victims to critical services. The CAPS model is a homicide prevention program aimed at identifying intimate partner stalking cases and providing appropriate criminal justice and social services interventions before stalking behavior escalates to physical injury, serious physical injury or fatality. As part of the CAPS program, specialized training is conducted for NYPD police officers, members of the District Attorney's office, and community partners to identify stalking behavior, better understand the New York State stalking statutes, recognize the use of technology in a stalking context, engage in risk assessment and safety planning, and work with victims to document and preserve evidence of stalking incidents.
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Working with people who cause harm is a critical component in our efforts to interrupt violence between intimate partners, to support survivors, and to foster healthy relationships and communities. Recognizing the need to develop effective programming for this population, the City launched the Interrupting Violence at Home initiative to develop evidence- and trauma-informed intervention models that address abusive behavior, and to reduce future abuse in intimate partner relationships. The non-mandated, community-based programming for people causing harm in their relationships created through the Interrupting Violence at Home initiative is part of the City's commitment to the creation of innovative tools and strategies to end violence.
During the aftermath of George Floyd’s police-involved 2020 murder in Minnesota, American citizens took to the streets to demand justice for his death. A national movement to reform policing was born inspiring New York Governor Cuomo to create Executive Order 203, the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. EO203 requires each New York state municipality to develop policing reforms informed through a culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed lens in order to further enhance public safety and to create opportunities to grow public trust of local law enforcement.
New York City’s “NYPD Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan” was released publicly in March of 2021. It was created by listening to the experiences and insights of hundreds of residents of neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. The plan’s citywide, interagency recommendations were designed to better protect and serve New Yorkers, including survivors of domestic and gender-based violence.
Below are several areas of work specifically aimed at how the police and other systems respond to domestic and gender-based violence:
Respect and Responsibility (R&R) is a free, non-mandated, city-wide demonstration initiative for adults who have caused harm, have been abusive, or are abusive in their relationship(s). The City is partnering with three providers to implement the initiative: Urban Resource Institute, the RISE Project at Center for Court Innovation, and STEPS to End Family Violence, a program of Rising Ground. Providers utilize a curriculum rooted in trauma informed healing, reflection, and accountability. The program model includes a multi-week intervention and individualized assessments, case management, counseling, and other supportive services for program participants.
|Urban Resource Institute||RISE Project||STEPS to End Family Violence|
|Contact Name and Information||Carol Grannum
|Exclusion Criteria: Prospective participants cannot be legally required to attend.|
Engaging abusive partners in non-mandated programming is a critical opportunity to provide interventions in relationships where there is intimate partner violence. Recognizing that the vast majority of intimate partner violence is not reported to law enforcement, the City developed the Interrupting Violence at Home (IVAH) initiative, to implement abusive partner intervention programming (APIP) in communities. A key program of IVAH is Respect and Responsibility (R&R), the City’s first non-mandated program for adult abusive partners in intimate partner relationships. The Respect and Responsibility (R&R) demonstration project seeks to establish an evidence-base and ensure a program design that maintains a focus on survivor safety and survivors’ experiences while being tailored to the needs of abusive partners to optimize voluntary engagement in the program.
The Street Harassment Prevention Advisory Board was established by Local Law 46 of 2022. The Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) and the NYC Commission on Gender Equity (CGE) co-chair this advisory board. The goals of the advisory board are to:
(1) study the occurrence of street harassment in New York City;
(2) identify people and communities most at risk of and most impacted by street harassment via a citywide survey;
(3) develop programming, training, and a resource guide to prevent and respond to street harassment; and
(4) promote public awareness of street harassment, including supportive services and resources for those who have experienced harassment
In 2023, the Street Harassment Prevention Advisory Board released the City’s first “End Street Harassment Resource Guide.” Check out the Resource Guide here.
The advisory board’s 2022-2024 members include:
ENDGBV’s Voices Committee is a survivor-led group that aims to serve as a voice of hope and change for survivors of intimate partner violence throughout New York City. PLEASE NOTE: We are currently accepting new applications for the VOICES Committee. Please submit your application here by January 20, 2023. Learn more about ENDGBV’s Voices Committee