What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is a pattern of abusive behavior that keeps one partner in a position of power over the other through the use of fear, intimidation and control. It may manifest itself as physical, sexual, verbal, emotional spiritual and financial abuse. Gender violence, interpersonal violence, child abuse, teen relationship violence and elder abuse are all examples of domestic violence. Domestic violence is pervasive and occurs in all groups, regardless of race/ethnicity, income, age, education, religion, immigration status, or sexual orientation. It is rooted in sexism, racism and a culture of permissive violence.

In New York City:

  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of serious injury to women. One in three women killed each year are killed by a spouse or partner. (New York Human Resources Administration, Department of Social Services 2009).
  • In 2011 police responded to 257,813 domestic violence incidents. In addition, NYPD’s Domestic Violence Unit conducted 73,016 home visits in 2010, a 91% increase since 2002.*
  • New York City’s Domestic Violence Hotlines recieved more than 310 calls per day*
  • The New York City police responded  to an average of over 700 domestic violence incidents per day last year*

*Source: New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, Domestic
Violence Fact Sheet 2011.

Warning Signs:

  • Physical injuries including bruises, fractures, cuts, untreated wounds, complications with pregnancy
  • Illness including stress-related pain, anxiety attacks, depression, substance abuse, weight loss or gain and other related health issues
  • Behavior changes including unexplained absence or lateness, signs of fear, increased and unexplained isolation and changes in friendships and activities.

For more information on domestic violence, go to CONNECT resources.

If you need immediate help, call: New York City Domestic Violence Bilingual Hotline (24 Hours) 1.800.621.HOPE

New York State Adult Domestic Violence Hotline (24 Hours. Spanish speaking) 1.800.942.6908