Since the beginning of the pandemic lockdown, rates of reported domestic violence incidents have spiked across the nation.
For many vulnerable people, the isolation brought on by quarantine has created more barriers and has made it harder than ever to access safety. All the while, gaps in services remain for both survivors and people who cause harm.
This Domestic Violence Awareness Month is more important than ever. Stand in solidarity with survivors and wear purple on Thursday, October 22. Will you join us and spread the word?
Even before this crisis, we knew that a one-size-fits-all response for victims of domestic violence wasn't right. Communities need more options for responding to intimate partner violence.
In New York City, we offer victims, their families, and abusive partners tools that incorporate trauma-informed and culturally responsive programming.
Information and awareness is key: We partner with communities to share tools to identify and address warning signs and provide links to safety and services.
We meet people where they are: Our team is often the first call made by people experiencing domestic violence. We work to address their immediate needs such as housing or childcare.
We help remove barriers to resources: We are on the ground in neighborhoods throughout the city helping community members navigate systems and removing barriers to resources. We help bridge the gaps separating city agencies, domestic violence services, and community members.
Survivors supporting survivors: Survivor-leaders tell us that they value the opportunity to support and empower one another. Mutual support and understanding increases self-esteem.
Preventing violence before it happens: At local high schools, we teach classes on healthy relationships and identifying patterns of abuse.
This Thursday, wear purple in solidarity with survivors and join important conversations about intimate partner violence. Tag us @courtinnovation.