FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2018
NYCHA RECOGNIZES NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH AT RESIDENT AND STAFF EVENTS
More than 400 community members attended resident conferences to learn about and participate in programs to increase awareness about domestic violence prevention.
NYCHA staff members also participated in workshops on identifying signs of abuse and about resources available to survivors.
NEW YORK — The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) hosted New Yorkers across the five boroughs at community conferences focused on domestic violence prevention and awareness this month.
Alongside the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV), NYCHA held conferences at the Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement in Long Island City’s Queensbridge Houses and the Johnson Community Center in East Harlem’s Johnson Houses on October 16 and October 18, respectively.
More than 400 community members, largely seniors, participated in the conferences, which were designed to further awareness about resources for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. Programming and moderated conversations also included resources related to elder abuse and LGBTQ-related violence.
Since many NYCHA residents regularly meet with and confide in property management staff, the Authority has also partnered with ENDGBV for workshops at all 15 developments participating in the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP), which is overseen by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ). The most recent workshop on October 30 at Van Dyke Houses in Brooklyn provided staff members a thorough training on how to identify signs of intimate partner violence and abuse, as well as awareness about resources available for survivors.
“It’s vital that all of our residents feel supported and connected to services that help keep them and their homes safe,” said NYCHA Executive Vice President for Community Engagement and Partnerships Sideya Sherman. “Domestic violence and its impact on our communities can be prevalent and often unspoken about, which is why we will continue to shine a light on the issue.”
“We are proud of our ongoing partnership with NYCHA to build awareness about domestic and gender-based violence and the resources that are available to all New York City residents,” said Cecile Noel, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. “Through our joint outreach and awareness efforts, we are empowering communities to share information and resources and telling every survivor: You are not alone. Help is available.”
Partner organizations at the conferences included:
In 2014, NYCHA and the de Blasio administration announced a joint effort to specifically target domestic violence in the City's public housing developments by establishing a 10-member team dedicated to linking resident survivors to appropriate services. In Fiscal Year 2018, the program hosted more than 400 workshops and community outreach events in collaboration with the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP) led by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), which focuses efforts on public housing developments that have faced public safety challenges resulting from persistent violent crime.
NYCHA also has housing and resources available to all survivors of domestic violence, including current public housing residents, current Section 8 tenants, and public housing applicants. NYCHA also provides protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). These protections are available to all individuals regardless of sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
In recent years, NYCHA has also improved admissions and emergency transfer processes for survivors, having quadrupled the types of crimes that can qualify as a “single incident” to enable a resident or applicant to obtain the domestic violence priority, as well as revising required medical documentation.
Learn more about NYCHA's Emergency Transfer Program here: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/nycha/downloads/pdf/emergency-transfer-plan-en.pdf
If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic violence, please call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 311 or 800-621-HOPE (4673).
About the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
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