NYPD executives, domestic violence officers, law enforcement agencies, advocacy groups, prosecutors, and clergy gathered at One Police Plaza for the annual Domestic Violence Training Conference. This forum brings together advocates from throughout the city to share valuable information and make lasting contacts in order to better serve victims of domestic violence. Notable speakers included Police Commissioner James O’Neill, Deputy Chief Martin Morales, and Joe Torre of Major League Baseball.
During his remarks, Police Commissioner O’Neill thanked those present for their hard work and dedication to breaking the cycle of domestic violence:
“For most people, their homes are their sanctuary. But you know quite well that that’s not always the case. And you know how the difficulties of one generation can become the traumas of the next. Your work can have a lasting impact not just on the victims, but across entire generations.”
Although the NYPD is a pioneer in domestic violence outreach, it is important that the department continues to study emerging trends in domestic and family crimes. Police Commissioner O’Neill believes consistent collaboration and communication with leading experts is essential to combat domestic violence.
“It’s very important that we work together – cops and social service agencies – to provide the best and most comprehensive services to the people who need us,” said Police Commissioner O’Neill.
Joe Torre joined the conversation during the training and spoke about the organization that he created, Safe at Home.
Expanding programs such as the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) will help members of the NYPD form even closer bonds with the community. CVAP will put two victims’ advocates in all 77 precincts and 9 PSAs by this time next year.
Throughout the month of October, the NYPD will continue to raise awareness about domestic violence and help those affected connect with the resources they need. The NYPD is participating in the “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign, illuminating One Police Plaza in purple light on select evenings. Magnetic purple ribbons have also been placed on all marked police cars. Additionally, precincts throughout the five boroughs will hold over 260 outreach events and fundraisers.
In an emergency, dial 911.
**If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call 311 and ask for the City’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline.**
You can also walk into any one of our New York City Family Justice Centers to receive FREE and CONFIDENTIAL assistance to victims/survivors of intimate partner violence, sex trafficking and elder abuse. We welcome people of all ages, sexual orientations and gender identities, regardless of what language you speak, your immigration status or your income.
**All Centers are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. No appointment necessary**
Call 311 to be connected to a Family Justice Center near you.
NYC Family Justice Center, Bronx
198 East 161st Street
Subway: 4 B D to Yankee Stadium
Bus: BX1, BX2, BX6, and BX13
350 Jay Street
Subway: A C F R to Jay Street
or 2 3 4 5 to Borough Hall
Bus: B25, B26, B38, B54, B57, B61, B62, B65, B67, B75, and B103
80 Centre Street
Subway: 4 5 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall
J Z to Chambers Street
N Q R to Canal Street
1 2 3 A C to Chambers Street
Bus: M5, M9, M22, and M103
126-02 82nd Avenue
Subway: E F to Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike
Bus: Q10, Q37, Q46, and Q60
126 Stuyvesant Place
Close to the 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, and S98