Domestic Abuse and Violence Policy


Domestic abuse and violence (or intimate partner violence) is ongoing, purposeful behavior that is aimed at dominating one’s partner.  Social norms and unequal distribution of resources, such as income, education and/or employment, lead some individuals to feel entitled to control their partner.

Domestic violence can be committed by any of the following individuals:

  1. a current  or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
  2. a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; or
  3. a person who is cohabitating, or has cohabitated, with the victim as an intimate partner, spouse or roommate;

According to the New York State Office for the Prevention of Sexual Violence, domestic abuse involves repeated, ongoing, intentional control tactics used by one partner against the other.  Those tactics may be physical, sexual, economic, psychological, legal, institutional, or all of the above and often include:

  • Unreasonable and non-negotiable demands.
  • Stalking – surveillance and unwanted contact.
  • Cruelty.
  • Isolating the partner from friends, family members, co-workers and others.
  • Restricting daily activities.
  • Humiliating the partner in public or in private.
  • Coercion – a combination of demands, threats of negative consequences for noncompliance, and surveillance.
  • Threats and intimidation.
  • Constant criticism.
  • Excuses, rationalizations and blame. 
  • Stifling the partner’s independence.
  • Sexual abuse and violence.
  • Economic control and exploitation.
  • Physical violence.
  • Extreme jealousy, possessiveness and ridiculous accusations of infidelity.
  • Punishing the partner and/or children for infractions, both real and imaginary, of the abuser’s rules.
  • Ignoring a partner’s needs, opinions and feelings.

In order to investigate incidents of domestic or intimate partner violence and protect the Juilliard community, victims of, and witnesses to, such crimes should immediately report incidents to the Dean of Student Affairs, ext. 7447 (for student reports) or the Director of Human Resources, ext. 355 (for faculty and staff reports). Any member of the community can also make a report to the Vice President for Facilities Management, ext. 311.  Juilliard will assist in providing counseling and support to victims of bias-related crimes through Student Counseling Services (for students) and the Employee Assistance Program (for faculty and staff).  In cases involving an immediate threat or serious injury, victims or witnesses should call 911.  Individuals convicted of domestic violence face serious criminal penalties and are also subject to Juilliard disciplinary sanctions, up to and including termination of employment or dismissal from the School.

Additional information and support for victims of domestic violence can be obtained from the New York State Office for the Prevention of Sexual Violence at http://www.opdv.ny.gov/index.html or by calling 1-800-621-HOPE (4673), or from the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence at http://www.nyscadv.org/.  Victims may also contact the NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906.