This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are highlighting the work of our gender and family justice team which helps communities and courts respond to intimate partner violence.
Ten million people experience domestic violence in the U.S. in a single year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The pandemic has only made things worse. We know that gaps in services exist in too many instances and that a one-size-fits-all response for victims isn’t enough. Communities need more options.
Nationally, our gender and family justice team provides states, counties, and communities with tools to prevent and respond to intimate partner violence. In New York City, we also work locally to educate people about healthy relationships, and provide trauma-informed responses to victims and abusive partners.
Preventing violence before it happens
We partner with communities to share tools to identify warning signs, provide links to safety and services, and work to change relationship dynamics and cultural norms.
Connecting people to resources
We help community members navigate systems and remove barriers to resources by bridging the gaps separating city agencies, domestic violence services, and individuals in need.
Domestic violence mentor courts can provide support to communities interested in implementing a specialized domestic violence court or enhancing their current responses to domestic violence cases.
Supporting courts and communities to respond effectively
We support strategic planning and training for thousands of professionals each year to improve their approach to domestic violence, sexual abuse, dating violence, and stalking.
In partnership with our team, Juan Carlos Areán of Futures Without Violence hosted a series of podcasts about intimate partner violence and abusive partner intervention. Guest experts cover topics like centering survivor voices, restorative justice and intimate partner violence, LGBTQIA+, and addressing domestic violence in Native communities.