by Joe Borelli on Oct 07, 2021 Featured



Council Member Joseph Borelli (R-District 51) announces over $130,000 in funding has been secured through the Domestic Violence and Empowerment (DoVE) Initiative for non-for-profits, which will concentrate on family and domestic violence services. These services include, but are not limited to, accessibility for counseling services, educational programming, and outreach and awareness services.

Every year, family and domestic violence affects over an estimated 10 million people; with as many as 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 9 men are victims of domestic violence.

Council Member Borelli said, “Domestic violence occurs in every community and in every neighborhood.  Having outlets available to abused spouses is critical, especially with the national uptick in domestic incidents during the pandemic. Our law enforcement partners take prosecuting the cases seriously, and we must compliment their work with services and counseling for victims and their children.”

“Met Council works with survivors of domestic violence every day and we are proud to partner with Council Member Joe Borelli and the New York City Council in their commitment to ending domestic violence through the DoVE initiative. Thanks to the key support from Council Member Borelli, his colleagues on the City Council, and New Yorkers who care deeply about helping survivors, our Family Violence Services program has been able to reach more people than ever before. We want any person experiencing intimate partner violence or sex trafficking to know they are not alone and we are here to help,” said David Greenfield, CEO of Met Council.

“LGBTQ+ people are all too often overlooked when it comes to the issue of domestic violence. Through the DoVE initiative, the Pride Center of Staten Island works with LGBTQ+ domestic violence victims and survivors to connect them to affirming resources, and provides counseling services to increase protective factors against family-based and intimate partner violence. The Pride Center of Staten Island thanks Councilman Borelli and the New York City Council for supporting this work,” said Carol Bullock, Executive Director of the Pride Center of Staten Island.

Council Member Borelli currently allocates funds to the following groups:

Community Agency for Senior Citizens, Inc. – $10,000
Her Justice, Inc. – $10,000
Seamen’s Society of Children and Family – $10,000
IlluminArt Productions – $20,000
Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, Inc. – $20,000
Richmond District Attorney – $25,000
Pride Center of Staten Island, Inc. – $38,000

For more information and accessibility to services, please contact Council Member Borelli’s office at (718) 984-5151 or [email protected].