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NYC bills aim to provide housing stability, other services to domestic violence survivors

NEW YORK — Two new metropolis legal guidelines signed Tuesday will enhance assist for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. 

The council member behind the bills says they’re the primary of their sort within the nation. 

CBS2’s Lisa Rozner spoke with survivors and advocates. 

Mayor Eric Adams says in 2021 alone there have been 260,000 incidents of domestic violence studies filed with the NYPD. He stated that is a mean of 700 a day. 

“Far too often it shows violence. Many of the assaults and homicides unfortunately stem from domestic and gender-based violence,” Adams stated. 

Tuesday, he signed laws that requires the Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence to set up a program to provide survivors a grant that helps cover bills associated to sustaining housing. 

Mayor Adams indicators bills addressing domestic violence


“Whether it’s for immediate housing, for safety planning, for cell phone bills, for childcare. Whatever it is,” stated Councilmember Tiffany Caban. 

Caban sponsored that invoice, in addition to one other signed Tuesday that can set up an internet portal and a written information to join survivors with resources. 

“All the major languages, including Braille,” Caban stated. 

Advocates say due to concern, many incidents go unreported. 

At the nonprofit We All Really Matter, or WARM, founder Stephanie McGraw says it is about time. She escaped abuse 15 years in the past. 

“We’re dealing with victims every single day,” McGraw stated. “They make it so difficult for you to – you gotta go to public assistance for one thing, housing for one thing.” 

“When you ask survivors ‘What do you need to be safe?’ They say ‘I need housing,'” stated Catherine Shugrue dos Santos of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. 

Sanctuary for Families says its 4 emergency shelters are full. 

“Many of our clients are not in shelter, so that is the reason this low barrier grant is so important, because it helps them keep stable housing,” stated Judy Kluger of Sanctuary for Families. 

Kluger says the wants have grown exponentially throughout COVID. 

The new legal guidelines may save lives. 

If you or somebody you realize is scuffling with domestic violence, you possibly can name Sanctuary for Families at 1-800-799-7233 or the Anti-Violence Project at 212-714-1141. 

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