Reimagining Domestic Violence Services

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On a daily basis, family and criminal courts depend on mandated domestic violence services for resolving cases of intimate partner violence. Thousands of defendants and respondents in our city are required to complete these services in order to have visits with their children or get back in their homes. Yet there is little evidence of the effectiveness of existing services and there continues to be a reliance on outdated services such as Batterers Accountability programs. New York City policymakers have been examining this issue and have developed a Blueprint for Abusive Partner Intervention. A report publish in 2018, “Seeding Generations: New Strategies Towards Services for People who Abuse,” took a comprehensive look at this issue and the need for a new model of services. The report acknowledges that services to families also need to consider the trauma that those who harm have been through. This panel on January 17, 2019 served as an opportunity for policymakers to have a dialogue with family court and criminal court practitioners about the current and future state of domestic violence services.

Cecile Noel
, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence  

Purvi Shah
, Consultant, Seeding Generations

Albery Abreu
, Abusive Partner Intervention Specialist, Children’s Aid Society
Tanya Apparicio
, Deputy Chief, Domestic Violence Unit, NY County District Attorney’s Office
Ana Bermudez
, Commissioner, New York City Department of Probation
Juliana Chereji
, Family Defense Practice, Brooklyn Defenders Services
Bea Hanson, Executive Director, Domestic Violence Task Force, NYC Office of the Mayor
Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director of Connect 

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Council on Children, Lauren Shapiro, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Association Committees:
Children & the Law Committee, Sara L. Hiltzik, Chair
Domestic Violence Committee, Amanda M. Beltz, Chair
Education & the Law Committee, Laura D. Barbieri, Chair
Family Court & Family Law Committee, Glenn Metsch-Ampel, Chair