Last Updated: 4/07/2020
DA’S ACTION CENTER
The District Attorney’s Action Center is available to assist the people of Brooklyn with criminal justice matters such as domestic violence, child abuse, fraud, human trafficking, gun and illegal drug activity in their community and other crime-related or quality of life issues. Complaints can also be made anonymously. Trained specialists in the DA’s Action Center are available to evaluate complaints and determine the next step to resolve the matter.
DA’s Action Center Hotline: (718) 250-2340
VICTIM SERVICES & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
If you are suffering from abuse or intimate partner violence while being quarantined, require safety planning, shelter assistance, referrals or other services, help is available.
Victim Services Unit: (718) 250-3820 or VSU2@BrooklynDA.org
Brooklyn Family Justice Center: (718) 250-5113
New York City 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 621-HOPE (4673)
Safe Horizon 24/7 Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline: (212) 227-3000
***For emergencies, call 911.
How to Virtually Apply for a Civil Order of Protection in Family Court
All temporary orders of protections that have been issued by criminal and civil courts in NY have been extended until the next court date.
To file a temporary order of protection (when no arrest has been made):
- Email NYFCApplications@nycourts.gov or call 646-386-5299 to file a Family Offense petition and request an order of protection
- You will subsequently appear before a judge via Skype or phone
***For inquiries, call 646-386-5299 or email NYFCinquiry@nycourts.gov
In addition to white-collar crimes, scams targeting immigrants and homeowners, wage theft and healthcare schemes, our Action Center’s Hotline is open to report scams related to COVID-19.
DA’s Action Center: (718) 250-2340
NYC311: Call 311 or (212) NEW-YORK
Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission to avoid coronavirus scams:
- Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
- Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
The Re-entry Bureau is available to connect individuals with emergency shelters, substance abuse treatment, health insurance enrollment, clothing assistance and other services. If you have a NYSID or DIN number, please include it in your request.
Re-entry Bureau: 718-250-4374 or Reentry@BrooklynDA.org
***All re-entry-related events have been cancelled, including the Kings County Re-Entry Taskforce meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 and the Annual Re-Entry Brunch at the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights scheduled for March 28
KCDA COMMUNITY RESOURCE EMPOWERMENT CENTER
Our Community Resource Empowerment Center is still available to assist with health insurance applications, mental health services, housing and referrals to community-based organizations. In addition, our community partner Brooklyn Perinatal Services will continue to process health insurance applications over the phone. To learn more, call 718-250-3995.
The Hate Crimes Bureau investigates and prosecutes crimes that are motivated, in whole or in substantial part, by a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of the victim, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.
Report bias-motivated crimes to our Hate Crimes Hotline: (718) 250-4949
ADDITIONAL SERVICES & RESOURCES
- During this difficult time, New Yorkers can access a range of mental health services by phone or online—regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status. Find FREE support here.
- New York State is partnering with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, to offer free meditation and mindfulness content for all New Yorkers at www.headspace.com/ny.
Remote Learning & Enrichment Resources
NYC Department of Education
To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students.
Visit https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices to request a device.
Additional resources via the DOE:
- Learn at Home information page
- Early Childhood Learning resource page
- Discover at Home resource page
- Academic Subjects resource page
- Amazing Educational Resources
- New York is implementing a temporary moratorium on evictions in New York City and suspended the issuance of new eviction warrants when a tenant fails to appear in court. Learn more.
- If your work schedule was reduced as a result of the coronavirus and you are unable to pay your rent, you can apply for a Cash Assistance special grant request to get benefits for emergencies.
If you have an active Cash Assistance case, visit ACCESS HRA
- NYCHA residents that experience a loss of income may qualify for a rent reduction. Households that have experienced a complete income loss may qualify for the Zero Income Policy.
- Three free meals will be available daily for ALL New Yorkers in more than 400 Meal Hubs across the 5 boroughs. To find a location near you visit http://schools.nyc.gov/freemeals or text
“NYC FOOD” to 877-877.
- Coronavirus NYC Neighborhood Food Resource Guides
- COPO’s Halal Food Pantry is still open with COVID-19 safety measures in place. The food pantry is held every Friday from 1:30-4:30 PM. The senior shopping hours are every Friday from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Please call 929-282-2766 to register. Visit https://copo.org/ to learn more
- New York State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Visit the
New York State Department of Labor website for more information.
Resources for Immigrant Communities
- Many city services are available to everyone no matter what your immigration status is and regardless of your ability to pay, although other eligibility requirements may apply. Learn more HERE.
Resources for People with Disabilities
- The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has gathered information specifically to inform people with disabilities on the resources available to the population during NYC’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more HERE.
Resources for Seniors
- To prevent the spread of COVID-19, senior centers are currently closed for congregate programming and meals are being provided through a centralized meal delivery system. Call your local senior center with questions about how to receive delivered meals. You can also call Aging Connect at 212-Aging-NYC
(212-244-6469) or 311. For more information visit the DOHMH website for coronavirus updates.
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