A city councilman is pushing a proposal to force the NYPD to publicly report incidents of domestic violence at public housing developments. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
For Councilman Ritchie Torres, the fight against domestic violence is personal.
"Many of the people whom I love in my life, like my mother, my aunt, are both survivors. My grandmother, at age 11, lost her own mother, who was murdered by a family member," Torres said. "So domestic violence is a painful part of my own family history."
A family history rooted, at least in part, at the Throggs Neck Houses, where Torres grew up. His mother still lives here alongside other victims of domestic violence.
"A lot of domestic violence. Because I'm one. I'm a victim of domestic violence," said Gisela Rivera, a victim of domestic violence. "I got hit. I've got cut. And really, there's nobody doing anything about it."
The councilman wants to make information like this more public. He is pushing a proposal at City Hall to force the NYPD to publicly report incidents of domestic violence at public housing developments, giving a development-by-development breakdown to assess where the problem has become more severe.
Torres' proposal is part of a larger package of bills that will be introduced by the City Council on Thursday. All of them require more reporting on domestic violence by the NYPD.
"It would shed greater light on the extent of domestic violence within public housing," he said.
So far this year, almost 34 percent of all the crime that occurs at public housing developments is domestic violence-related. 56 percent of felony assaults are a result of domestic violence.
"Domestic violence, in too many communities and in too many families, thrives on a kind of conspiracy of silence," Torres said. "So the point of my legislation is to raise awareness, is to break the silence."
Silence that may already be broken here in the Bronx.
"I'm scared to come into my own home due to domestic violence. I think the creep is still on my floor," Rivera said. "They need to put women in safer places with their children."
Torres is confident the bill will move quickly. He has already scheduled a hearing for Friday.