Behind Closed Doors

How Can We Prevent  Domestic Violence Homicides?

Illustration by Aberdeen Proving Ground via Flickr

Illustration by Aberdeen Proving Ground via Flickr

In recent years, murders in New York City have plummeted to record lows. However, domestic violence homicides — acts in which a perpetrator kills a family member or intimate partner – have not decreased at the same rate. While overall murders declined by over 40 percent between 2002 and 2013, domestic violence homicides dropped 20 percent during the same time period. They now comprise one in every five homicides in the city.

To mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month, leading specialists from law enforcement, researchers and service providers briefed members of the press on innovative approaches underway in New York City and elsewhere to reduce the deadly toll of domestic violence. The on-the-record briefing, on October 27, 2016, was hosted by John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

Please click these links to download the meeting agenda and bios of the participants.

Participants at John Jay domestic violence roundtable. Oct 27 2016. Photo by Ricardo Martinez

Participants at John Jay domestic violence roundtable. Oct 27 2016. Photo by Ricardo Martinez

As a second phase of this project, John Jay and the Mayor’s Office will collaborate on special fellowship program for journalists interested in learning about the issue next year. Plans for this project are not yet complete, but please check this space for further details.

Materials and handouts related to the press event are below.  Further resource information and the TCR archive of domestic violence stories are available in our Resources section.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Solutions Journalism Network: Guide to Reporting