Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This issue affects countless New Yorkers and is now the leading cause of homelessness among families – surpassing eviction in Fiscal Year 2017.
Domestic violence can take many forms, and it involves behavior that is used to establish power and control over another person. This is often done through fear and intimidation over a period of time, using threats, and verbal, emotional, or physical abuse. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, and everyone deserves to feel safe and respected.
If you are in a relationship with an abusive partner and you fear for your safety, you can seek help by calling Safe Horizon’s Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE (4673). Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, if you are in immediate danger, then you should call 911 right away.
Clients can also seek support with getting connected to domestic violence services by coming to the Coalition’s Crisis Intervention Program. Please click here to learn more about additional resources available to victims of domestic violence.