Gender-based violence is a general term used to capture any type of violence that is rooted in exploiting unequal power relationships between genders. This can include gender norms and role expectations specific to a society as well as situational power imbalances and inequities. Gender-based violence can impact anyone, and can include intimate partner and family violence, elder abuse, sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking.
Human trafficking is the use of power and control to force, defraud or coerce someone into engaging in labor or services, including commercial sex. Traffickers use tactics including violence, emotional manipulation, and psychological threats, exploiting social and economic inequity for their benefit.
Domestic Violence is an umbrella term that encompasses both Intimate Partner Violence and Family Violence.
Family Violence is any abusive behavior that occurs between members of a family or household who are not involved in a romantic relationship. This includes chosen family as well as people related by blood, marriage, foster care, adoption or any other familial relationships. Family violence can include threats or the actual use of physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological, or financial abuse.
In the United States 1 in 4 women experience abuse during their lifetimes. Globally, the United Nations reports that up to 70% of women experience some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime (according to country data available).
Learn more about New York City's domestic violence statistics
In the United States, it is against the law to intentionally injure someone, force them to participate in a sexual act, or put someone in fear of physical injury.
New York City has Family Justice Centers in every borough, where victims and survivors of domestic and gender-based violence can get connected to free and confidential assistance. All are welcome regardless of age, income, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, or language spoken. Interpretation services are available on-site, and locations are wheelchair accessible. Visitors can call ahead to request other accommodations.