Manhattan DA: Domestic violence often an invisible crime
July 11, 2014
By Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
I want to give you a glimpse into the violent and tragic world of domestic violence by telling you about a young woman named Sylvie Cachay.
Sylvie was a 33-year-old fashion designer in a highly-volatile relationship with her boyfriend, Nicholas Brooks, a drug user without a job or employment prospects. While Sylvie worked to succeed in the fast-paced New York City fashion industry, he spent his days sleeping at her apartment and spending the money she earned. She knew he cheated on her, and had previously paid for sex with women, but could not let go of him. She repeatedly attempted to break up with him, yet he always convinced her to take him back.