New York City Hall, NYPD Announce Policies to Aid Victims of Domestic Violence

THE CITY OF NEW YORK

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

NEW YORK, NY 10007

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2016

CONTACT: pressoffice@cityhall.nyc.gov, (212) 788-2958 

CITY HALL, NYPD ANNOUNCE SLATE OF POLICIES TO REDUCE BARRIERS TO SAFETY FACED BY VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 

De Blasio Administration protecting survivors’ rights, safety, paychecks and housing

Mayor de Blasio and Council Member Ferreras-Copeland introduce legislation to provide Paid Safe Leave for domestic violence victims

 NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray today announced a package of policies to protect domestic violence survivors, their livelihoods and their homes. Together with Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Mayor de Blasio will protect survivors and their families by introducing Paid Safe Leave legislation, which will allow survivors to take paid leave from work to attend to immediate safety needs without fear of penalty. The City will also put housing lawyers in every Family Justice Center to aggressively defend survivors’ housing rights, and work with the NYPD to root out chronic offenders by instituting new practices to ensure law enforcement targets resources on the highest priority abusers and contacts every victim to ensure safety after an Order of Protection has been violated. “Domestic violence is a public safety menace in every neighborhood, affecting every population, and it’s by confronting domestic violence that we will end the vicious cycle that perpetuates it,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are sending a loud and clear message – we will not tolerate domestic violence, survivors have the City’s full support, and abusers must be held accountable. In the 21st century in the greatest city on earth, those who have already suffered at the hands of those they love should never have to choose between their safety and a paycheck or their home.”

“Every day the NYPD gets roughly 800 domestic violence calls from every social and economic class and from all over the city,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray, co-Chair of the Commission on Gender Equity.

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2016 H.F. Guggenheim/John Jay Prize For Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting

Beth Schwartzapfel of The Marshall Project, and an investigative reporting team from the Belleville News-Democrat—Beth Hundsdorfer, George Pawlaczyk and Zia Nizami—are the winners of the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2016 Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. “The impressive work of these journalists illustrates why reform of our criminal justice system has risen to the top of our national agenda,” said Jeremy Travis, president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in the prize announcement on Jan. 25. “We are proud to honor them as examples of the critical role the media is playing—and continues to play—in our ongoing national debate.” The annual prizes are administered by John Jay's Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ)—publisher of The Crime Report.

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2016 Top National Crime Reporting Awards

Beth Schwartzapfel of The Marshall Project, and an investigative reporting team from the Belleville News-Democrat—Beth Hundsdorfer, George Pawlaczyk and Zia Nizami—are the winners of the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2016 Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. “The impressive work of these journalists illustrates why reform of our criminal justice system has risen to the top of our national agenda,” said Jeremy Travis, president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in the prize announcement this week. “We are proud to honor them as examples of the critical role the media is playing—and continues to play—in our ongoing national debate.” The annual prizes are administered by John Jay's Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ)—publisher of The Crime Report. They recognize the year's best print and online justice reporting in a U.S.-based media outlet between November 2014 and October 2015.