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Report: NYC intimate-partner violence reaches new high

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Thursday, January 11, 2024   

A new report finds New York City intimate-partner violence increased almost 30% between 2022 and 2023.

The city's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee report says intimate-partner homicides skyrocketed by 225% in Brooklyn and 57% in the Bronx.

Nathaniel Fields, CEO of the Urban Resource Institute, said proactively using resources for prevention is a good start. He described how the institute's Relationship Abuse Prevention Program does this.

"We work in schools with young people to provide trained peer leaders," said Fields, "train them up with our licensed social workers to work with the school system, in that particular school to help individuals identify signs of domestic violence and what is a healthy relationship."

New York City has passed numerous bills holding partners accountable and keeping domestic-violence victims safe. But, Fields noted that state-level legislation can help too.

A proposed bill would allow for shelters to be reimbursed payment differentials for housing a single person in a larger room. This bill was brought before the Legislature in 2023, but it failed in committee.

One thing the report notes is that intimate-partner violence disproportionately impacts Black and brown communities. It finds Black people made up half of all domestic-violence homicides in the city.

Fields described why this is.

"When you think about Black and brown communities, the historical realities of oppression," said Fields, "those communities being pressed down and marginalized, are not often being singled out as these issues are relevant."

He added that putting more resources into these communities can help reduce these numbers.

Another way is to acknowledge the issue. While homicides overall have been down in New York City, Fields said he thinks the city should note intimate-partner violence homicides are up.

This can lead to a task force or collective of groups coming together to bring them down.




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