The Domestic Violence Task Force 2018 Annual Report

Domestic violence is a social problem that impacts many Americans – 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men- and affects marginalized individuals and communities disproportionately. And, while New York City has made significant investments in preventing and responding to domestic violence in neighborhoods across the City – such as an extensive New York City Police Department (NYPD) unit dedicated to domestic violence, the country’s largest system of Family Justice Centers and domestic violence shelters, and a rich network of community service providers to assist survivors – we still see high rates of domestic violence.

To enhance the City’s response, in November 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the NYC Domestic Violence Task Force (Task Force) to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce domestic violence in New York City. Under the leadership of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), the City brought together representatives from City agencies, domestic violence prevention and intervention organizations, and survivors to identify existing domestic violence NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR programs and interventions that are working well, those that need attention, and promising practices to implement or expand.

Since its inception, the Task Force has announced 32 initiatives and secured $11 million in City funding to reduce violence, enhance the safety and wellbeing of those impacted by domestic violence, and hold abusive partners accountable.

This report provides an overview of the current operations of the Task Force and highlights of the progress we have made in 2018.

A special thank you to Cecile Noel, Commissioner at ENDGBV, and Liz Glazer, Director at MOCJ, for their leadership and support of the Task Force.

The Task Force is also grateful for the support of so many domestic violence survivors, City government staff, community partners, and advocates through their involvement in working groups, subcommittees, the Steering Committee, and initiatives that have launched this year. We look forward to continuing to work together to make New York City even safer.


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