Our History

The North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence (the Coalition) is a grassroots, domestic violence organization serving the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint. The Coalition was created in 1998 by six community –based organizations: Los Sures, St. Nicholas, El Regreso, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, Nuestros Ninos and Ridgewood Bushwick. Its creation was sparked by the experience and the needs of low-income women who had participated in a series of domestic violence support groups. The founding community-based organizations serve as the liaisons for referrals of participants in the various housing, social services, legal services, and employment programs. Each operates in different parts of the community.


The North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence leadership and team is a group of passionate advocates who dedicate their lives to our cause. Our leadership team includes Executive Director Patricia Ross, LCSW and Board Members Juan Ramos (Chair), Janet Barnes-Brown (Co-Chair), Luis Matos, LCSW (Treasurer), Robin Sirota Bassin, LMSW (Secretary), Robin D. Fisher, Esq., Adelaida Perez, and Alison Cordero.