NYC Domestic Violence Task Force:
Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the NYC Domestic Violence Task Force, a 90-day sprint to develop a comprehensive citywide strategy to reduce domestic violence by intervening as early as possible, enhancing pathways to safety for survivors and ensuring swift, effective and lasting enforcement to hold abusers accountable. The Task Force, consisting of experts from inside and outside government as well as survivors, is charged with developing durable solutions to a problem that persists nationwide. To reduce the frequency and severity of abuse, the Domestic Violence Task Force will develop a concrete plan to enhance law enforcement efforts to hold abusers accountable through the use of precision policing and prosecution strategies that have helped to drive down other forms of violent crime. Additionally, the Task Force will conduct an in-depth review of current City programs and investments, and develop a strategy to enhance the delivery of social services to ensure pathways to safety and support for families who have been victimized. Co-chaired by First Lady Chirlane McCray and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill, the work of the Task Force will be directed by Director of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice Elizabeth Glazer and Commissioner of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence Cecile Noel.
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Creating Awareness about Relationship Equality (CARE) Program:
The Creating Awareness about Relationship Equality (CARE) program is an initiative of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) in collaboration with the Administration of Children's Services (ACS) as a part of the ThriveNYC mental health initiative. The CARE program will provide interactive workshops on teen dating violence awareness and healthy relationship skill building to youth between the ages of 11 and 21 in the New York City foster care system.
Abusive Partner Intervention:
In 2007, domestic violence advocates in New York City created the Coalition for Working with Abusive Partners (CoWAP). CoWAP provides a forum for public and private agencies serving survivors, abusive partners and/or children impacted by domestic violence to identify effective strategies for engaging abusive partners. CoWAP's guiding belief is that, while accountability through the criminal justice system is critical, there is a need for a range of additional strategies for intervening with abusive partners. In the October 2015, The Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) convened a policy roundtable for key New York City leaders and policymakers to determine the path forward in developing an interagency and citywide blueprint for a coordinated response to abusive partner intervention services. Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback and interest following the roundtable, OCDV and CoWAP coordinated an Interagency Working Group (IWG) to help create NYC's Blueprint for Abusive Partner Interventions. The goals of the working group are to advance the dialogue regarding abusive partner interventions and further develop the policy recommendations shared during CoWAP's Policy Roundtable in October.
Queens Family Court Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program:
In October 2015, OCDV received federal funding from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to partner with Safe Horizon to establish a family court supervised visitation and safe exchange program in Queens. The three-year federal grant includes the implementation of procedures to maximize safety for victimized families during supervised visitation between children and non-custodial parents, as well as comprehensive training for court personnel about the unique dynamics and safety considerations in custody and visitation cases.
Early Victim Engagement Program:
In October 2015, OCDV received federal funding from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to continue operating the Early Victim Engagement (EVE) Program in Brooklyn. The EVE program connects with victims of intimate partner violence as soon as possible after an abusive incident, including immediately following a criminal court arraignment of an abusive partner or following a complaint report filed with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). An emphasis is placed on assisting immigrant survivors who are in need of culturally specific services and may be eligible for U nonimmigrant status (U visa) due to the fact that they have been the victim of a crime.
Polyvictimization Screening Implementation:
In October 2016, OCDV received federal funding from the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime to participate in a demonstration project to develop and implement a polyvictimization screening tool for a Family Justice Center setting. The tool, which will be piloted at the New York City Family Justice Center in Queens, will enable service providers to connect survivors of intimate partner violence who have been subjected to other forms of victimization, such as childhood sexual assault, to programs designed to address their specific, multi-faceted service needs.
Brooke Jackman Family Literacy Program:
Since 2010, the Brooke Jackman Foundation has funded a multilingual, multicultural family literacy program at the New York City Family Justice Centers which offers an opportunity for families who have been affected by intimate partner violence to share, as a family, the joy of a positive literacy experience in a safe, supportive environment. Program sessions began with a nourishing family-style group meal and then staff members lead the families in a storytelling activity in which a book is paired with an art project designed to encourage participants to share stories about their families and traditions as well as facilitate open dialogue about the challenges of being survivors of intimate partner violence.
Robin Hood Foundation Immigration Attorneys:
Since 2011, funding from the Robin Hood Foundation has provided the New York City Family Justice Centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens with full-time, on-site immigration attorneys. Employed by the nonprofit organization Sanctuary for Families, these bilingual, specialized attorneys provide civil legal immigration services to survivors of intimate partner violence while also connecting these clients to public benefits and services designed to improve their ability to become economically self-sufficient.