NYC Domestic Violence Task Force

NYC Domestic Violence Task Force

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:

  1. Prevent violence and abusive behavior before it begins. The Task Force was charged with identifying ways to help young people – both those who have been exposed to abuse and those who have not – break the cycle of violence and develop healthy relationship skills before abuse begins.
  2. Increase early reporting by victims. We need to make it safer and easier for victims to report to service providers or law enforcement as soon as signs of abuse begin.
  3. Improve response once the abuse comes to the attention of the criminal justice system. The Task Force developed strategies that make it easy and safe for survivors to partner with law enforcement, and help police and prosecutors investigate and prosecute cases.
  4. Create strategies for long-term violence reduction. The Task Force was charged with identifying ways to prevent abusers from repeating abuse.

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."

Review the Domestic Violence Task Force's 2017 Recommendations


**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.**

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

The Hearing Impaired 24-Hour Hotline is TDD: 1-800-810-7444

You can also access information regarding domestic violence services by visiting 311 is New York City's main source of government information and non-emergency services.

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