October 28, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – New York City has initiated an agressive campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence.
“Domestic violence often takes place behind closed doors, but its impact reverberates to every member of our NYC family. When a woman, man or child is put in danger by their family or loved one, we all need to stand up and speak out,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. ”
Domestic violence occurs in every neighborhood and community in New York City regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation. Awareness is the greatest tool we have This is why the Office to Combat Domestic Violence in becoming an important agency in the big apple.
“Every day, the NYPD gets roughly 800 calls about domestic violence. And that’s only a fraction of the true number, because so many people are afraid to report their abuser. In order to reduce the violence, we must get to the very root of the problem,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray. “We must teach our young people better models of interaction, which we are doing through our Healthy Relationship training workshops, and by supporting survivors so that no woman remains with her abuser because she doesn’t have another choice.”
Recognizing and speaking out against intimate partner violence, gender injustice and all forms of abuse is everyone’s responsibility. We must offer unconditional support to someone who has experienced violence and they will need support from family and professionals. The NYC DV Hotline is 1-800-621-4673 and 911 in emergencies. For information and connection to services, 311 should be called.