Programs & Services

CWHA has served as an urban problem solver, creating innovative solutions to community issues with a focus on breaking the cycle of poverty through building diverse partnership and grassroots leadership initiatives.

CWHA conducts programs that aim to improve the well being of individuals, to strengthen families and empower communities. These programs are uniquely designed to provide comprehensive, integrated, culturally appropriate and coordinated "one-stop" service.

Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence

  • Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, child abuse or intimate partner violence (IPV), can be broadly defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, friends or cohabitation.
  • Intimate partner violence is a type of domestic violence that describes physical, sexual or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse.
  • Workshops on Domestic Violence / Intimate Partner Violence
    In response to current domestic violence data, Caribbean Women's Health Association will be conducting ten domestic violence educational sessions to youth and young adults in Flatbush, Brooklyn and surrounding neighborhoods. In order to provide more comprehensive and coordinated services, this domestic violence program will develop linkages with other community resource centers, such as the Brooklyn Family Justice Center. The work provided buy this grant opportunity will be critical in heightening the awareness of domestic violence to community residents, as well as provide information on domestic violence prevention and intervention aimed at populations at-risk for teen dating violence.

    If you are interested in having one of these one hour workshops at your site please contact Shoshana Brown (718-940-9505 ext.206/718-826-2942 email:

  • Facts about Domestic Violence
    • Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence
    • One in four women report experiencing violence in an intimate relationship at some point in their life (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
    • One in thirty three men have experienced an attempted or completed rape (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
    • 15.5 million children live in households where domestic violence has occurred within the past year (McDonald, 2006)
    • 62% of 11-14 year olds say they know a friend who have been verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend (liz Claiborne, Inc. 2008)
    • One in five 13-14 year olds say they know friends and peers who have been struck in anger by a boyfriend or girlfriend (liz Claiborne, Inc. 2008)
    • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their partners and children when they become adults. (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence )
    • New York City
      • 250,349 domestic violence incidents occurred in 2009
      • 69,188 home visits from NYPD domestic violence units in 2009
      • 16,861 Teens called the domestic violence hot line to report an incidence of dating violence in 2007
      • Brooklyn Family Justice Center has served 32,806 new clients seeking domestic violence services (2005-6/30/2010)
      • 14 of the New York City's 35 family related homicides in 2010 occurred in Brooklyn (Already an increase from the 9 family related homicides in 2009) (Safe Horizon 2008)
    • Why Do Men Engage in Intimate Partner Violence?
      • To establish control over their partner and environment
      • Acting out culturally designated roles
      • Mirroring violence in society/It is a learned behavior
      • Because they can get away with it

  • If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence seek assistance by contacting:
    • In case of emergency call 911
    • Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Hotline
      800-621-HOPE (4673)
      866-604-5350 (TDD)
    • Brooklyn Family Justice Center
    • Queens Family Justice Center
      126-02 82nd Avenue
      Kew Gardens, NY 11415
    • Bronx Family Justice Center
      198 East 161st Street 2nd Floor
      Bronx, NY 10451

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