In November 2016, Mayor de Blasio launched the NYC Task Force on Domestic Violence, which was charged with developing a comprehensive citywide strategy to address one of the most urgent challenges facing our city.
Even as violent crime has fallen across the five boroughs, domestic violence continues to plague New York families. The Task Force addressed this troubling reality by pursuing four key goals:
The Task Force consisted of experts from inside and outside of government, including service providers, lawyers, academics, law enforcement agencies, policy makers and survivors. In order to develop a comprehensive, citywide approach to domestic violence, the Task Force worked with other stakeholders to map the current landscape of domestic violence work in New York City. This effort included a review of relevant research and interviews with experts to identify the most innovative, effective and evidence-based best practices. We also conducted a survey to develop the first-ever citywide map of domestic violence investments and programming.
The Task Force was co-chaired by First Lady Chirlane McCray and Police Commissioner James O'Neill, and operated with guidance from the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence. It was established to reframe how New York City can respond to domestic violence. The Mayor praised it as "unique in its focus on bringing law enforcement and social services together to look with fresh eyes at how we can both hold abusers accountable and ensure that we are providing smart and effective pathways to safety for survivors."
**If you need help, call 1-800-621-HOPE for the New York City Domestic Violence Hotline, or call 311 and ask for the Domestic Violence Hotline.**
The Hearing Impaired 24-Hour Hotline is TDD: 1-800-810-7444
You can also access information regarding domestic violence services by visiting www.nyc.gov/311. 311 is New York City's main source of government information and non-emergency services.