Domestic violence is a scourge that not only impacts women, but also men and children. Fear of reporting, financial and housing challenges, immigration status, and language barriers are factors faced by those who suffer emotional, physical, and sexual abuse every day.
Recent statistics released by the NYPD show that there were more murders related to domestic violence during the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year, in part due to the stay-at-home order, law enforcement estimates .
In the first quarter of the year, the NYPD recorded 19 domestic violence killings, four more compared to the same period in 2019. Overall, the murder rate increased in New York City, with 92 homicides reported, compared to 87 homicides for the same period last year.
Domestic violence crimes are underreported, according to authorities. Commissioner Shea, who took a data-driven approach to heading up the department, acknowledged the unreliability of the numbers in a radio interview, during which he noted that any domestic abuse statistic could be lower than it actually is.
“I am firmly convinced that you have to be very careful in believing those numbers, because people are afraid to report crimes,” Shea told 1010 WINS in April.
The rise in domestic violence killings coincides with an increase in the number of visitors to the city’s domestic violence website, as the virus forced all Family Justice Centers in the five counties to switch service remotely. during the peak of the health crisis.
Shea said officers are still engaged in handling domestic violence cases in each barracks, using regular phone or email checks instead of the usual home visits due to the health crisis.
Police reported that, overall, 911 receives about 240,000 calls related to domestic abuse annually.
In addition, the NYPD receives approximately 280,000 domestic incident reports annually.
ORGANIZATIONS OFFERING SERVICES
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp.
Violence Intervention Program
Center for Hope and Safety
Bronx Criminal Court Program–Against Domestic Violence
Childhood Domestic Violence Association
Dominican Women’s Development Center
New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center
NYPD-Domestic Violence Unit
National hot line for Domestic Violence
New York hot line for Domestic Violence
New Jersey hot line for Domestic Violence
Where to get immigration resources and legal help?
Go to the Family Justice Centers run by the city of New York.
NYC Family Justice Center, Bronx
198 East 161st Street
Subway: 4, B, D a Yankee Stadium
Bus: BX1, BX2, BX6 y BX13
NYC Family Justice Center, Brooklyn
350 Jay Street
Subway: A, C, F, R a Jay Street o 2, 3, 4, 5 a Borough Hall.
Bus: B25, B26, B38, B54, B57, B61, B62, B65, B67, B75 y B103
NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan
80 Centre Street
Subway: 4, 5, 6 a Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, J y Z a Chambers Street, N, Q, R a Canal Street y 1, 2, 3, A y C a Chambers Street
Bus: M5, M9, M22 y M103
NYC Family Justice Center, Queens
126-02 82nd Avenue
Subway: E, F a Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike
Bus: Q10, Q37, Q46 and Q60
NYC Family Justice Center, Staten Island
126 Stuyvesant Place
Cerca de St. George Ferry Terminal
Staten Island Railroad to St. George
Bus: S40, S42, S44, S46, S48, S51, S52, S61, S62, S66, S74, S76, S78, S81, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 y S98
What to do if you are abused?
If you are currently experiencing domestic abuse, don’t stop asking for help.
The Domestic Violence Unit The NYPD has a guide to determine if you are experiencing abuse.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you could be a victim of domestic abuse.
- Does he hit you, slap you, kick you, push you, or bite you?
- Does he constantly criticize you or criticize your abilities as a wife, woman / man or mother / father?
- Are they possessive or extremely jealous?
- Does he threaten to hurt you, or to hurt your children, pets, family, friends or himself / herself?
- Does it prevent you from seeing your family or friends?
- Do you get angry or suddenly lose control?
- Do you destroy personal items or throw things through the air?
- Denies you access to family assets like bank accounts, credit cards, or your car?
- Does it control finances and force you to account for everything you spend?
- Do you use bullying or manipulation to control you or your children?
- Does it stop you from going to the places you want when you want?
- Denies you access to food, drink, rest, medicine, or medical care?
- Does it force you to have sex?
- Does it prevent you from getting or keeping a job or going to school?
- Does he humiliate you or embarrass you in front of other people?
WHERE TO CALL?
For more help and resources you can call the following numbers in New York City.
New York Information Services: 311
New York City Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hours): 1-800-621-HOPE (4673).
For people with hearing disabilities: 1-800-810-7444.
New York State Domestic Violence Hotline
WHAT CAN THE POLICE DO FOR ME?
Get yourself a safe place away from violence, such as a shelter and / or shelter.
Obtain and enforce an order of protection (a court document) that will order the abuser to stop hurting or threatening you or to stay away from you and your children.
Obtain medical care, legal advice, social service assistance, transfer to emergency accommodation, crisis intervention, and psychological assistance for you and your children. These services are provided through a network of direct providers throughout the city.
Help you develop a safety plan and offer tips to improve safety at home, at work, and during your daily commute.