NYC Mayor Bloomberg Signs Domestic Violence Bill

Posted on: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Keywords: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, domestic violence statistics, domestic violence crimes, CEO Ariel Zwang, Safe Horizon CEO Ariel Zwang, Government Affairs Michael Polenberg

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg approves a City Council bill that will allow New Yorkers to view certain domestic violence-related statistics in each neighborhood.  The law, sponsored by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, will help advocates, policymakers, law enforcement and everyday New Yorkers to better understand changing trends of domestic violence rates throughout the five boroughs.  Safe Horizon CEO Ariel Zwang (blue jacket) and VP for Government Affairs Michael Polenberg witness the bill signing in City Hall on November 8th.
By early next year, the city will be posting online statistics on the number and type of hate and domestic violence crimes. Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito says the localized data will empower neighborhoods to take action.

"Community boards can get involved, local organizations can come together. We want to see these statistics, as unfortunate as they are, you want to have them in your face, so we can really be aware.”

Mark-Viverito co-sponsored the bill requiring the data be released. Mayor Bloomberg signed it into law on Monday.

He says making information about these crimes more available will help “hold government’s feet to the fire” when it comes to policy making.

The statistics on domestic violence and hate crimes will be posted on the My Neighborhood Statistics Web site, launched by the city in 2002. The information will be searchable by police precinct and school district.

By Kathleen Horan
"Mayor Bloomberg signs Domestic Violence Bill"
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Photo credit: Kathleen Horan/WNYC
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