Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and harassment: they fill emergency rooms and morgues, prevent employees from working, terrorize children and interfere with their ability to learn. They drive up health care costs, contribute to crime and cause lasting damage to families and communities.
The statistics are staggering. One in five women and one in 59 men are raped in their lifetime, and one in four women and one in seven men experience serious physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. Additionally, in the first 11 months of the pandemic, calls to the New York State Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotline increased 34% over the previous year.