What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence and abuse can include any of the following: your partner hitting, slapping, kicking, or using any other physical violence against you, forcing you to have sex when you don’t want to, or forcing you to do sexual things you don’t want to do; threatening to hurt you, your children, or someone else you care about; threatening to report you to immigration or get you in trouble with another person or organization; constantly insulting, criticizing, or putting you down; telling you how to dress or behave; controlling your access to money or other support systems; stalking, obsessively checking up on you, or otherwise trying to control your life.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) and a variety of agencies in the Bronx and all over NYC provide temporary housing, emergency shelter, and support services for survivors of domestic violence and their children.

If I am ready to leave my abuser, what should I take with me?

Before leaving the abuser, victims should remember to take important papers such as government-issued identification and birth certificates. It may not be safe for the victim to return home for some time and these papers will be invaluable as s/he seeks emergency shelter and/or new housing. The abuser may also destroy valuables or other sentimental items once the victim leaves the home.

The types of items domestic violence survivors might want to take include the following:

    • Medication
    • Keys – house, car, office, safe
    • Government-issued identification for self and children
    • Birth certificates for self and children
    • Social Security cards for self and children
    • Passports, green cards, work permits, visas
    • Public Assistance ID/Medicaid Cards
    • Order of Protection, police reports
    • Money, checkbook, bank books, ATM cards, tax returns, credit cards
    • Divorce or separation papers
    • Paternity papers, as necessary
    • Address book
    • School/vaccination records
    • Insurance papers
    • Lease, rental agreement, or house deed
    • Car/mortgage payment book
    • Children’s toys, security blankets, stuffed animals
    • Sentimental items, photos
    • Personalized safety plan


Contact Us

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

If you are concerned about your safety on campus, contact Public Safety at 718-289-5911.

We offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to discuss your situation and your needs. You can find support here. We can also refer you to organizations in the community for further assistance.

For help or support, visit us in Loew Hall, Room 430 or call 718-289-5223.

Our office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and some evenings.


New York City Domestic Violence Hotline
800-621-HOPE (4673)

The New York City Anti-Violence Project

Steps to End Family Violence

Sanctuary for Families

Arab American Family Support Center-Anti-Violence Program

New York Asian Women’s Center

Korean-American Family Service Center
24–Hour Hotline

Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC)
Nuevo Amanecer/New Dawn Anti-Domestic Violence Program
24–Hour Hotline Bilingual (English/Spanish)

SAKHI for South Asian Women

Violence Intervention Program, INC.
24–Hour Hotline Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Battered Women’s Legal Hotline

Sexual Assault/Incest hotline

National Sexual Assault (RAINN)
800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673) 24-hour Hotline

Safe Horizon–Citywide Helpline

New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

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