City council announces task force for domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and new strides are being made that could help combat domestic violence in The Bronx.

The city council has announced a task force for domestic violence that will examine a variety of domestic abuse issues, specifically the housing shortage.

Over 55,000 incidents of domestic violence were reported in The Bronx last year. Already this year seven Bronx residents have died as a result of domestic abuse.p>Officials say the task force will consist of two committees. A policy committee, which will focus on policies affecting battered women and their children as they navigate the system seeking to gain independence. And a housing development committee, which will work to develop housing for survivors as well as their children.

As of now there's no set timeline or target area that the task force will be working on but there are several Bronx agencies that will be working with the task force.

If you would like to report a case of domestic violence, you can call the city's hotline at 1-800-621-4673.

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