District Attorney Michael Mcmahon Hosts Domestic Violence Event on Zoom

Press Release: RCDA, Staten Island Family Justice Center, Central Family Life Center, NYPD, True 2 Life Cure Violence Host “Domestic Violence 101” Webinar

**Meeting held Thursday evening for Staten Islanders to learn about different forms of domestic
violence, discover how to report abuse safely and confidentially, and access available
resources**

Staten Island, N.Y. — The office of Richmond County District Attorney Michael E. McMahon on Thursday joined
the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence/Staten Island Family Justice Center, Central
Family Life Center, the New York Police Department, and True 2 Life Cure Violence, to co-sponsor the “Domestic
Violence 101” webinar. Presented via Zoom and Facebook Live, leaders from each of the participating agencies,
service providers, and organizations discussed several topics with community members participating in the session.
Topics included types of services offered for domestic violence survivors, steps for victims to safely and
confidentially report abuse, how to make a safety plan, and ways to access available domestic violence resources.
The webinar was organized following an uptick in calls and inquiries from community members wanting to know
more about resources for domestic violence victims on Staten Island. A video of the webinar can be viewed here.

Domestic Violence 101 Webinar

Domestic Violence 101 Webinar

District Attorney Michael E. McMahon said, “My office takes domestic violence incredibly seriously and we are
committed to working with our partners to ensure survivors of abuse have access to the resources and help they need
to thrive. While my Domestic Violence Bureau is always ready and able to help victims move forward with the
prosecution of a criminal case, we are also cognizant of the difficult circumstances many victims face in not wanting
to report abuse to law enforcement. Regardless of their situation, my office, the NYPD, and all of our partners are
here to serve as a lifeline for those struggling with domestic violence. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are in need
of assistance.”

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said, “The NYPD’s Domestic Violence Unit works tirelessly to reduce
domestic violence and to keep families safe. Every New Yorker has the right to be safe in their own home and our
professional cadre of domestic violence officers are committed to securing this right. We urge anyone who has been
a victim of domestic violence to contact the NYPD so we can initiate comprehensive investigations and offer support
and services to victims and survivors. Through our collaboration with other specialized units within the NYPD, and
with our partnerships with city agencies and community-based stakeholders, we aim to provide the best assistance
possible to survivors of Domestic Violence.”

Cecile Noel of the NYC Mayor's Office ENDGBV

Cecile Noel of the NYC Mayor’s Office ENDGBV

Commissioner Cecile Noel, Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV): “Our
partnerships with community-based organizations, the legal and the law enforcement community during this
especially difficult and isolating time forsurvivors has been nothing short of crucial in serving these clients. COVID19 puts into sharp focus the vulnerabilities that many people in our city face every day, especially gender-based
violence survivors; and it highlights the barriers and challenges that we know keep people from seeking help and
finding safety. Survivors need us now more than ever in these extraordinary times, and our top priority remains to
ensure continuity of services and unwavering support. Together, we can tell survivors that they are not alone, they
are never alone…and help is here for them.”

Dr. Demetrius Carolina, Sr., Executive Director, Central Family Life Center,said, “The social emotional health
and wellbeing of everyone is of vital importance for our communities to thrive. As such, the issues surrounding
domestic violence are many and must be examined, discussed and mitigated. The DV conference is a step towards
that end. Let’s come together as partners for the betterment of our families and friends. Many hands make light work
and lifts many people.”

Staten Island Family Justice Center - Safe Horizon

Staten Island Family Justice Center 

STATEN ISLAND FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER
• Contact the Staten Island Family Justice Center at (718) 697-4300 for vital services including immediate
safety planning, shelter assistance, legal consultations, counseling sessions, case management sessions,
mental health counseling, and more. All services are free, confidential, and available to survivors of intimate
partner and family violence, stalking, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and elder abuse. People of all ages,
sexual orientations, and gender identities, regardless of language spoken, income, or immigration status are
welcome. Domestic violence shelters are operating. For evenings and weekends, survivors can call NYC’s
24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-621-4673), to access assistance with immediate safety planning,
shelter assistance and community resources. Survivors with access to the internet can
visit nyc.gov/NYCHOPE for additional resources and information. Survivors are additionally encouraged to
call NYC Well (1-888-692-9355) for help with stress and anxiety, as well as to call 911 for emergencies.

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