How We Help Survivors of Domestic Violence
One out of every three women and one out of four men have experienced violence at the hands of an intimate partner in their lifetime. Domestic violence is tragically common, and when the safety of an individual or an entire family is at stake we are able to provide resources to help those in our care. We take a trauma informed approach, which includes realizing the deep impact of trauma, recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, responding by integrating knowledge about trauma into practice, and making efforts to not re-traumatize the client(s). We are also a member of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Three confidentially-located emergency shelters and scattered safe houses provide a haven for victims and their families along with the support they need to start the process of healing. Residents are referred from schools, hospitals, other organizations, or are self-referred after speaking to a hotline.
Our emergency shelters offer comprehensive case management services that help survivors gain the long-term skills that enable them to meet everyday challenges after leaving the shelter. In addition, our shelters offer child care, recreation, mental health services, art therapy, healing groups, and yoga among services.
Our skilled staff understands the emotional trauma that domestic violence can cause and are committed to providing the best care in the crucial time period that occurs immediately after a survivor leaves their partner. It is our policy to put every intervention in place to accommodate whoever comes through our doors. Many of our clients also suffer from trauma or mental health issues. Regardless of a person's behavior — adult or child — our staff are trained to never disregard anyone.
We also do outreach in schools, community boards, and prisons. Our aim is to educate the community so that domestic violence can be recognized early and those in crisis can get the help they need.
To learn more about our domestic violence programs, call (212) 316-8288.
If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence call Safe Horizon’s 24-hour domestic violence hotline number at 800-621-HOPE (4673).
If it's an emergency, please dial 911.
“Today I feel like I have a future. I can say that my time at [VOA-GNY] has changed my life forever.” - Excerpt from a thank you letter written by a domestic violence survivor formerly in our care.