What: According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in America have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. The Center for Disease Control has established a correlation between domestic violence and other health conditions such as stroke, heart disease, asthma and substance abuse. For a victim of domestic violence in Yorktown, other than the Yorktown Police Department, they need to drive on average 20 minutes to an agency that specializes in supporting domestic violence victims.
Why: Statistics show domestic violence is undoubtedly occurring in our community. A report released by News12 in March of this year showed 24 reported cases of domestic violence to the Yorktown Police Department. It is our obligation as neighbors to ensure professional help is available to those who seek it. In 2014, the Journal News cited the White Plains Police Department who found that victims who have quick access to lawyers were more likely to follow through.
How: Expanding services starts with reinforcing coalitions between local government, local police and our local courts as well as building new partnerships with existing service providers. Proactively seeking support from agencies such as the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, Pace Women’s Justice Center, Hope’s Door, WestCop and New Dawn could yield additional services and streamline processes for victims in Yorktown.