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Summary Sheet

Organization: New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence


Name of president:  Yolanda B. Jimenez, Commissioner
Dept. of Justice funding (2011): (Unknown)*
Date of review: 10/14/13
Fact Sheet Grade:  F
1. Does the Fact Sheet list at least three of the causes and risk factors for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) identified by the US Centers for Disease Control, such as substance abuse, marital instability, and psychological factors? x
2. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that men and women engage in IPV at approximately equal rates? x There is no mention of the gender ratio.  Victimization rates are only given for women, except in the context of high school students, where a victimization rate for the entire population is given.
3. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that about half of all IPV is mutual? x
4. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that female initiation of IPV is the leading cause of a woman becoming injured by her partner? x
5. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that about two-thirds of persons injured by IPV are female? x
6. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that rates of IPV have fallen substantially in recent decades? x
7. Does the Fact Sheet include any mention of the problem of false allegations, and how false allegations divert resources from victims? x
8. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that crime surveys (e.g., NCVS) and criminal justice statistics (e.g., arrests) are not valid indicators of overall levels of IPV? x
9. Does the Fact Sheet avoid use of imprecise terminology such as “battering”? x The presentation makes reference to “battered immigrants.”
10. Are the majority (> 50%)  of the references recent, i.e., published since 2005? x Of the few citations found in the presentation, all are since 2005.
* Source: Federal Audit Clearinghouse: