Domestic violence is a serious social crime throughout the country, including New York. Though most victims of domestic violence are female, protection against domestic violence is available regardless of gender and sexual orientation. If you know any friend, family member, colleague or neighbor who is facing domestic violence, there is a lot you can do to help. You can help them by talking to them and helping them to get support from state organizations.
New York State has established the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. This office raises awareness about domestic violence. It also trains officials handling domestic violence victims and their children to address their problems and concerns. New York also has an Address Confidentiality Program, which provides post office box numbers to be used as substitute addresses by the victims of domestic violence.
Several domestic violence programs, such as emergency shelters, 24-hour hotline services and confidential counseling, are available to help victims. These programs put the victim in touch with a lawyer who is familiar with the criminal justice system and is aware of social resources. Lawyers can aid the victim in securing help and ensure the safety of their children. Local support groups also help share the victim’s pain and experience and provide emotional support. These groups can also help the victims find the best way to end the abuse or escape from the abuser.
Many domestic violence programs also help the victims with medical care or legal services, if required. They can also arrange for enrolling in training or professional courses or help them find employment at a safer place or in a different locality. The Department of Social Services provides temporary monetary assistance to victims. A victim does not need any documentary proof of abuse. If you are in urgent need of money or shelter, you can consult a Domestic Violence Liaison at the DSS office. For detail information you may refer to the “Finding Safety and Support” handbook.
Source: Opdv.NY.gov, “Domestic Violence: Finding Safety and Support,” accessed on Dec. 25, 2014