Who are you going to call? Alternatives to policing.
Mobile Crisis Team
A mobile crisis team is a group of health professionals, such as nurses, social workers, and psychiatrists, who can provide mental health services, primarily in people’s homes. You can request help from a mobile crisis team if you are concerned about a family member, friend, or acquaintance who is experiencing (or at risk of) a behavioral health crisis. You can also request a team for yourself.
To request a team, call NYC Well at (888) NYC-WELL (888-692-9355).
Institute for Community Living. ICL offers crisis counseling and referrals to other support services to help get you through the difficult days of this pandemic.
Conflict Between Community Members
Peace Institute - Mediation Services
HOURS - M-W: 12pm-8pm, Th-F: 9am-5pm; types of disputes handled: Neighbor Disputes such as Noise, Parenting Plans, Custody, Visitation and/or Child Support, Civil Matters – Debt, Personal and Business, Criminal Matters – Assault, Property Damage and Menacing, Breach of Contract,Property Disputes, Landlord/Tenant Disputes, Co-worker Disputes,School Conflicts – Student to Student Conflicts,Parenting Issues such as Discipline, Truancy Harassment and Special Education Mediation
210 Joralemon Street, Suite 618, Brooklyn 11202
Man Up! Cure Violence ENY/ Real People Do Real Things
Cure Violence ENY focuses on several “hot spots” or target areas within the 75th Precinct in East New York, Brooklyn. A public health statistically proven data driven approach is used to reduce gun related shootings and killings by providing immediate services to those who are considered high risk. Hired credible messengers known as outreach workers and violence interrupters are deployed to targeted areas throughout East New York to mediate, talk, and listen; the emphasis is on preventative measures as opposed to punishment measures. The issue is approached as a health epidemic and therefore a full- fledged multimedia public education campaign is used to reach the target population and the surrounding neighborhoods. The NYC Health Department provides program oversight and support to anti-violence programs in the City. The Cure Violence model is an evidence-based public health approach that seeks to stop the spread of violence by using the following methods and strategies associated with disease control:
- Detecting and interrupting conflicts
- Identifying and treating the highest risk individuals
- Changing social norms
Cure Violence in NYC is part of the City's Anti-Gun Violence Crisis Management System, which is an initiative to reduce gun violence in 17 city precincts.
797 Van Siclen Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11207
Casey Burke, Program Director
S2H BQ Williamsburg
Family Justice Center
Family Justice Center - multifaceted criminal, ,legal and social justice for victims of domestic violence, elder abuse or sex trafificking. They can assist clients in learning about options and accessing the system. Walk-ins welcome. Confidential and no issue regarding documentation.
350 Jay Street, 15th Floor
Brooklyn NY 11201
Domestic violence victims: 800-621-HOPE (4673)
Victims of crime and their families: 866-689-HELP (4357)
Rape & sexual assault victims: 212-227-3000
TDD machine for hearing impaired clients for all hotlines:1-866-604-5350
Things to consider before calling the Police:
1. Don't feel obligated to defend property - especially corporate "private" property. Before confronting someone or contacting the police, ask yourself if anyone is being hurt or endangered by property theft or damage. If the answer is "no," then let it be.
2. If something of yours is stolen and you need to file a report for insurance or other purposes, consider going to the police station instead of bringing cops into your community. You may inadvertently be putting someone in your neighborhood at risk.
3. If you observe someone exhibiting behavior that seems odd to you, don't assume that they are publicly intoxicated. A traumatic brain injury or similar medical episode may be occurring. Ask if they are OK, if they have a medical condition, and if they need assistance.
4. If you see someone pulled over with car trouble, stop and ask if they need help or if you can call a tow truck for them. If the police are introduced to such a situation, they may give punishments and unnecessary tickets to people with car issues, target those without papers, or worse.
5. Keep a contact list of community resources like suicide hotlines. When police are contacted to "manage" such situations, people with mental illness are sixteen times more likely to be killed by cops than those without mental health challenges.
6. Check your impulse to call the police on someone you believe looks or is acting "'suspicious.” Is their race, gender, ethnicity, class, or housing situation influencing your choice? Such calls can be death sentences for many people.
7. Encourage teachers, coworkers, and organizers to avoid inviting police into classrooms, workplaces, and public spaces. Instead create a culture of taking care of each other and not unwittingly putting people in harm's way.
8. If your neighbor is having a party and the noise is bothering you, go over and talk to them. Getting to know your neighbors with community events like block parties is a good way to make asking them to quiet down a little less uncomfortable. Or find another neighbor who is willing to do so.
9. If you see someone peeing in public, just look away! Remember, for example, that many homeless people do not have reliable access to bathrooms.
10. Hold and attend de-escalation, conflict resolution, first-aid, volunteer medic, and self-defense workshops in your neighborhood, school, workplace, or community organization. When possible, donate to these initiatives so they remain recurring.
11. Don't report graffiti and other street artists. If you see work that includes fascistic or hate speech, paint over it with friends.
12. Remember that police can escalate domestic violence situations— especially those involving people of color. You can support friends and neighbors who are being victimized by abusers by offering them a place to stay, a ride to a safe location, or to watch their children. Utilize community resources like safe houses and hotlines.
Calling the police often escalates situations, puts people at risk, and leads to violence. Anytime you seek help from the police, you're inviting them into your community and putting people who may already be vulnerable into dangerous situations. Sometimes people feel that calling the police is the only way to deal with problems. But we can build trusted networks of mutual aid that allow us to better resolve conflicts ourselves and move towards forms of transformative justice.
Restorative Justice Programs in local schools
I.S. 171 Abraham Lincoln (DBN: 19K171)
J.H.S. 218 James P. Sinnott (DBN: 19K218)
J.H.S. 292 Margaret S. Douglas (DBN: 19K292)
I.S. 364 Gateway (DBN: 19K364)
East New York Family Academy (DBN: 19K409)
Spring Creek Community School (DBN: 19K422)
Frederick Douglass Academy VIII Middle School (DBN: 19K452)
FDNY - Captain Vernon A. Richard High School (DBN: 19K502)
High School for Civil Rights (DBN: 19K504)
Performing Arts and Technology High School (DBN: 19K507)
World Academy for Total Community Health High School (DBN: 19K510)
Multicultural High School (DBN: 19K583)
Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School (DBN: 19K615)
Academy of Innovative Technology (DBN: 19K618)
Brooklyn Lab School (DBN: 19K639)
Van Siclen Community Middle School (DBN: 19K654)
Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School (DBN: 19K659)
W. H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School (DBN: 19K660)
Vista Academy (DBN: 19K661)
Liberty Avenue Middle School (DBN: 19K662)
School of the Future Brooklyn (DBN: 19K663)
East New York Middle School of Excellence (DBN: 19K678)
School for Classics High School (DBN: 19K683)
Highland Park Community School (DBN: 19K760)
The Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Health (DBN: 19K764)
Legacy School of the Arts (DBN: 19K907)