Speaker Christine C. Quinn, NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and other elected officials gathered to announce a citywide plan that will focus on broadening awareness about domestic violence, and how everyone can take an active part in combating it.
“Thousands of women in New York City face a stark and frightening reality every day as they struggle with partners who are emotionally abusive or physically violent. It is our responsibility as a community to take every action in ensuring that these victims are spoken for and protected,” said Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, “This plan will provide potentially life-saving care to women who may not have any other support system.”
In 2010, the New York City Police Department responded to almost 250,000 domestic incidents and reported 75 family related homicides- 15 of which occurred in Queens. Unfortunately, these numbers is most likely an underrepresentation of how many violent incidents truly occur throughout the city. In fact, 77% of all family related homicide cases had no known prior police contact. This startling statistic highlights the need for increased awareness and prevention tactics.
This 4 point plan proposed by the Council includes:
• Bringing Domestic Violence Services into the Community- Outreach effort with the Council, NYPD and Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence to raise awareness of domestic violence and provide information regarding the services available to victims. Targeted outreach in communities that experience a high frequency of domestic violence incidents and homicides. The City Council has also created a new brochure that will help New Yorkers identify domestic violence, learn how the NYPD can help them, and provide other resources. Councilmembers will distribute the brochure in their office and through community events. See Council Website homepage www.council.nyc.gov for the new brochure.
• Expanding Citywide Workplace Trainings-Through a partnership with the 5 borough Chambers of Commerce, Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for New York City advocacy groups like Safe Horizon and CONNECT will host trainings and best practices briefings on domestic violence policies.
• Announcing Public Service Campaign-This fall, NYC and Co, will unveil a public service campaign that will focus on increasing reporting of domestic violence. By getting the community involved in reporting domestic violence, law enforcement can better respond.
• Increasing Domestic Violence screening training for medical professionals-The Council will be partnering with The Greater NY Hospital Association to offer increased screening training for their members.
Because domestic violence cases are typically underreported it is important to generate awareness and encourage outsiders to report suspected cases of abuse. This plan will give citizens and professionals the knowledge and tools to appropriately respond in these circumstances.