NYC Health + Hospitals Mental Health Team at the Family Justice Center (FJC) was created to provide treatment and support to survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual trafficking and other gender-based violence. Our psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers will help you overcome your mental health symptoms.
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The impact of IPV affects survivors differently. Many IPV survivors experience mental health concerns such as major depression, severe anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other survivors also struggle with drug and alcohol abuse in order to cope with their challenges.
If you are experiencing the following from a spouse or partner regularly, get confidential help from NYC Health + Hospitals Mental Health Team at the FJC.
Coercion and Threats: Threatening to hurt or leave you. Making you drop charges. Threatening to report you to welfare.
Intimidating You: Making you feel afraid. Destroying things. Abusing pets.
Emotional Abuse: Calling you names. Playing mind games. Making you feel guilty.
Using Isolation: Controlling what you do. Controlling who you see and talk to. Controlling where you go.
Denying and Blaming: Not your concerns about abuse seriously. Saying it didn’t happen. Saying you caused the abuse.
Using Children: Making you feel guilty about the children. Using the children to relay messages. Threatening to take the children away.
Using Male Privilege: Treating you like a servant. Making all the big decisions. Acting like the master of the castle.
Financial Abuse: Preventing you from getting or keeping a job. Making you ask for money. Taking your money.
Telephonic interpretation is available in more than 240 languages.
Please call Monday – Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Due to COVID-19, the NYC Family Justice Centers are currently available by phone only.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
If you can’t talk, text 911.
Learn more: nyc.gov/text911
If you are concerned about your mental health or the mental health of others, call 1-800-NYC-WELL
Find resources and support in NYC by searching the City’s NYC HOPE Resource Directory at www.nyc.gov/NYCHOPE
Based on the assessment by the domestic violence coordinator, the patient may be referred to a NYC Family Justice Center in their borough where they can receive legal assistance, case management and safety planning, job training and referral, and services for their children. However, victims do not need a referral. Any New Yorker can simply walk into the FJC’s to access services.
NYC Family Justice Centers can help you with:
If you, or a loved one, is a victim of domestic violence we are here to help you.
NYC Family Justice Centers buildings are temporarily closed as part of the City’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Services and support for survivors remains available by phone. Learn more
Domestic Violence Coordinators
Specially-trained domestic violence coordinators are on staff throughout the health care system to work with patients who are victims of intimate partner abuse, elder abuse, or sex trafficking. Patients are referred to the coordinators by a member of their health care team. The coordinators provide screening, referrals, documentation of injuries, photographs of injuries if the patient wants that service, and help in developing a safety plan. Once the patient leaves the hospital or doctor’s office, the coordinator follow-ups within a week to offer additional help if needed.
Services in the Emergency Department
Many victims of domestic violence enter the health care system through the emergency department. When a patient confides that they are a victim their service is expedited and they are immediately taken out of the waiting room and brought to a safe space in the hospital. They receive medical treatment, a social work assessment, help in filling out a police report if they want to, and safety planning.
Sexual Assault Response Teams
If a sexual assault occurs during domestic violence, patients are seen by specially trained teams of experts, including forensic examiners and rape crisis counselors. The forensic examiners properly identify, collect and store forensic evidence, and document injuries. Rape crisis counselors are specially trained to help victims through the emotional trauma of a sexual assault.