Family Violence


Family violence is a national public health crisis that threatens vulnerable New Yorkers including women, children, and the elderly.

Domestic Violence

The prevalence of domestic violence is not just a criminal justice crisis – it is a national public health crisis that threatens our most vulnerable family members, particularly women and children. This crisis demands – and survivors deserve – a comprehensive, cross-sector battle plan that brings together law enforcement, government agencies, victim service providers, and the advocacy community. Our Office’s Domestic Violence Unit, housed in our Family Justice Center, contributes to the fight by prosecuting tough cases, raising awareness, advocating for legislative change, and building strong relationships with victim service organizations in New York City.

DA Vance created the Domestic Violence Initiative (“DVI”), bringing together experts and practitioners from multiple disciplines to set forth a comprehensive roadmap to eradicate domestic violence in New York City. In consultation with more than 50 stakeholders, DVI established working groups to make recommendations in areas including community- and hospital-based interventions; prosecutors, criminal court, and family court proceedings; abuser accountability and engagement; proposed legislation, and more.

Domestic Violence Initiative Report


Crimes Against the Elderly

The District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Unit helps protect senior citizens from crimes of physical abuse, domestic violence, financial exploitation, and neglect. We are dedicated not only to the prosecution of perpetrators of crimes against seniors, but also to the prevention of these crimes through educational programs, partnerships, and events.


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