OUR HISTORY

Who We Are

The Coalition’s creation was sparked by the experience and the needs of low-income women of color who experienced domestic violence and sexual assault, and it continues to be led by survivors from the North Brooklyn community. As an organization founded by Latinx and Black survivors, we are committed to serving all survivors, with an emphasis on the Latinx and Black communities in North Brooklyn.

All of our services are provided to all survivors regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin or immigration status.  

Our History

The North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence (the Coalition) is a grassroots organization serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint.

The Coalition was launched in 1996 by a survivor, Evelyn Cardona, from North Brooklyn who saw a need in her community. Assisted by six community-based organizations – Los Sures, St. Nicholas, El Regreso, Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, Nuestros Ninos and Ridgewood Bushwick – Evelyn was able to establish the Coalition as one of the only organizations serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in North Brooklyn.

Today, 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.

Our Timeline

1996

A survivor of domestic violence forms the first North Brooklyn support group for victims: Alternative for Women.

1997

Community organizations band together, sharing space, supplies, and funding to create the Coalition.

1998

The Coalition launches as the first North Brooklyn organization supporting victims of DV and SA.

1999

Fought for NYC funding to support victims in our community and launched our Supportive Service Program

2000

Outreach and Education Program to raise community awareness launched.

2014

Began providing free mental health support for survivors in English & Spanish.

2015

Collaboration with 83rd, 90th and 94th Precincts to train NYPD officers.

2017

Joined the Anti-Violence Project to ensure LGBTQ inclusivity.

2018

Joined the Sexual Assault Initiative and launch Rape Crisis Advocate Program with local Emergency Room.

2019

Launch of Legal Services Program to assist survivors with family and immigration issues.

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