Every year, the New York City Police Department responds to over 250,000 domestic incident reports. Of these incidents, about half are intimate partner-related. Many of these New Yorkers seek help from NYC Health + Hospitals’ doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. Here is an overview of the services we provide:
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.
NYC Family Justice Centers (FJC)
Based on the assessment by the domestic violence coordinator, the patient may be referred to the 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. Addresses of the Family Justice Centers are listed below.
Co-located at the FJC, NYC Health + Hospitals, has a team of mental health professionals that provide psychiatric evaluations, medication, and psychotherapy for up to eight months. One in five survivors experiences a new-onset mental health illness after experiencing intimate partner violence. Patients can get help for depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
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.
If you, or a loved one, is a victim of domestic violence we are here to help you.
NYC Family Justice Center, Bronx
198 East 161st Street
Subway: 4 B D to Yankee Stadium
Bus: BX1, BX2, BX6, and BX13
NYC Family Justice Center, Brooklyn
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
NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan
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
NYC Family Justice Center, Queens
126-02 82nd Avenue
Subway: E F to Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike
Bus: Q10, Q37, Q46, and Q60
NYC Family Justice Center, Staten Island
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