Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The New York City 2009 Annual Domestic Violence Fact Sheet

http://www.nyc.gov/html/ocdv/downloads/pdf/2009_annual_DVFactSheet.pdf

During the last eight years (1/1/2002 through 12/31/2009), family related homicides decreased by 20%.




FAMILY RELATED HOMICIDES*

There were 61 family related homicides in 2009.

o 11 victims were killed in the Bronx.

o 19 victims were killed in Brooklyn.

o 9 victims were killed in Manhattan.

o 19 victims were killed in Queens.

o 3 victims were killed in Staten Island.

o 67% of these cases had no known prior police contact.

o 87% of these cases had no current order of protection.

*Data is preliminary and subject to further revision by NYPD. Family related homicide includes intimate partners as well as homicide committed by other family members and includes children who were killed as a result of family violence.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EMERGENCY SHELTER*

There are 2,144, domestic violence emergency shelter beds citywide, a 35% increase since January 2002.

*Statistics provided by the Human Resources Administration

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALLS FOR ASSISTANCE*

Police responded to 250,349 domestic violence incidents in 2009; this averages to over 650 incidents per day. In addition, NYPD’s Domestic Violence Unit conducted 69,188 home visits in 2009, a 79% increase since 2002.

In 2009, the City’s Domestic Violence Hotline advocates answered 140,985 calls, averaging more than 380 calls per day. In 2008, 134,903 calls were answered.

* Statistics provided by NYPD and Safe Horizon

TEEN ABUSE

Since its inception in 2005 through December 31, 2009, the New York City Healthy Relationship Training Academy of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence has reached 11,561 young people through 596 peer education workshops. The Academy has also partnered with the New York City Housing Authority, the Administration for Children’s Services, and the Department of Juvenile Justice to educate both young people and staff about healthy relationships.

In 2009, 680 teens called the City’s Domestic Violence Hotline requesting shelter.*

* Statistics provided by Safe Horizon

PROJECT H.E.A.L. (Hospital Emergency Assistance Link)

All 11 City public hospitals have digital cameras that document injuries and Domestic Violence Coordinators who assist victims and connect them with social and legal services.

NEW YORK CITY FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER, BROOKLYN

Since opening in July 2005 through December 31, 2009, the New York City Family Justice in Brooklyn has served 28,451 new clients seeking domestic violence services and 5,344 children were supervised in the Center’s Children’s Room, Margaret’s Place. An average of almost 1,500 client visits are recorded each month – this number includes both first-time and repeat visits. There have been 58,603 adult client visits to the Center since it opened.

NEW YORK CITY FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER, QUEENS

Since opening in July 2008 through December 31, 2009, the New York City Family Justice Center in Queens has served 5,349 new clients seeking domestic violence services and 1,184 children were supervised in the Center's Children's Room, Margaret’s Place. An average of almost 750 client visits are recorded each month – this number includes both first-time and repeat visits. There have been 12,654 client visits to the Center since it opened.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, call 911 for emergencies; call NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at

1-800-621-HOPE (4673) TTY: 1- 866-604-5350 or 3-1-1 for general City services information. Help is available in all languages. Callers will

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FACT SHEET CALENDAR YEAR 2009

Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor City of New York Yolanda B. Jimenez, Commissioner

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