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The Center Against Domestic Violence works toward a society free of violence and abuse. The Center leads the way by offering education and prevention programs and promoting the well-being and economic independence of survivors of abuse.
In 1976, there was nowhere for New York women and children to turn for shelter from domestic violence. The Brooklyn YWCA, National Congress of Neighborhood Women and the New York City Mayor’s Task Force on Rape, recognized the need for public shelter, and founded the Center for the Elimination of Violence in the Family, Inc., now the Center Against Domestic Violence. In 1977, the Center opened the first publicly funded domestic violence shelter in New York State. In September 2004 the Center opened its third shelter, Women’s Second Start.
In 1999 we broadened our services to teenagers by establishing the PEER (Pride Education Equality Respect) program in alternative high schools. The following year, the Center became one of the original participants in New York City’s Adopt-a-School Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP). In 2002, the Center’s self-funded pilot program Speak your Peace (now a part of RAPP), was one of the first date violence prevention programs to reach intermediate school students. In 2007, we partnered with the Bank Street College of Education to develop and pilot Relationships are Elementary, a revolutionary prevention program aimed at grade school students. The Center’s innovative date violence prevention services now reach and counsel more than 27,000 students across New York City.