NYC Domestic Violence Task Force 2017While New York City has become much safer in recent years, domestic violence remains a stubborn problem and accounts for an increasing proportion of the City’s crime. In November 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the NYC Task Force on Domestic Violence to develop a comprehensive, citywide strategy for reducing domestic violence.

ISLG provided management and staff support to the Domestic Violence Task Force during an intensive knowledge-gathering phase and throughout the development of the Task Force’s recommendations. This work included furnishing strategic advice and planning, technical assistance, and administrative and analytical support to the Task Force and the 120 experts and leaders from City agencies and community-based organizations who served on its working groups.

The Task Force was co-chaired by First Lady Chirlane McCray and Police Commissioner James O’Neill. ISLG Fellow Bea Hanson, the former Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director of the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, alongside the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, led the Task Force members in developing recommendations that seek to ensure that every New Yorker feels safe at home. These recommendations focus on intervening as early as possible to disrupt cycles of domestic violence, enhancing pathways to safety for survivors, and ensuring swift, effective and lasting enforcement to hold abusers accountable.

You can read more about the NYC Domestic Violence Task Force’s goals and recommendations here.

For more information about ISLG’s work on the NYC Domestic Violence Task Force, contact David Hafetz at