MANHATTAN - Men from around New York City joined together on the steps of City Hall to take part in the second annual Father's Day Pledge, condemning domestic violence and showing their support for abuse victims.

The men also pledged to never be the perpetrators in a domestic-violence case, and to speak out if they hear of any abuse.

"I'm here to send a message to my community that domestic violence and intimate-partner violence is not acceptable and we need to begin to start having conversations about how we can end it," said Bronx resident Marc Washington, who grew up in Brooklyn.

The City Council is considering a bill that would charge an abuser who commits two or more misdemeanor domestic-violence offenses in five years with a Class "E" felony. Currently, repeat offenders don't face harsher penalties.