“I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the news of a Bronx mother and her six-year-old daughter being fatally stabbed over the weekend in their home.

According to the NYC Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee’s 2021 Annual report, The Bronx had the highest number of Domestic Violence homicides of any borough in the city. These statistics are heartbreaking and unacceptable.

During my time in the City Council and as the former Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus, we worked with organizations and providers that were on the ground providing support to survivors of Domestic and Gender Based Violence. Last month, our office reinstated our Domestic and Gender Based Violence Advisory Council and we will be working with providers from throughout the city to identify areas in which we can collaborate to find solutions to this problem in our borough.

Domestic violence is an epidemic that affects everyone, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is a crime that we must reject, punish and work to eradicate. On behalf of our Bronx community, I offer condolences and prayers to the loved ones of those who were tragically killed by this horrific act of violence. To all of the survivors of Domestic and Gender Based Violence, I want you to know that you are not alone, and we will continue to fight for you.”