Domestic Violence/Dating Violence/Sexual Assault
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence and abuse can include your partner: hitting, slapping, kicking, or using any other physical violence against you; forcing you to have sex when you don’t want to, or forcing you to do sexual things you don’t want to do; threatening to hurt you, your children, or someone else you care about; threatening to report you to immigration or get you in trouble with another person or organization; constantly insulting, criticizing, or putting you down; telling you how to dress or behave; controlling your access to money or other support systems; or stalking, obsessively checking up on you, or otherwise trying to control your life.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) and a variety of agencies in the Bronx and all over NYC provide temporary housing, emergency shelter, and support services for survivors of domestic violence and their children.
If I am ready to leave my abuser, what should I take with me?
Before leaving the abuser, victims should remember to take important papers such as government-issued identification and birth certificates. It may not be safe for the victim to return home for some time and these papers will be invaluable as s/he seeks emergency shelter and/or new housing. The abuser may also destroy valuables or other sentimental items once the victim leaves the home.
The types of items domestic violence survivors might want to take include the following:
Assistance in the Bronx
The New York City Family Justice Center, Bronx
198 East 161st Street
Appointments are not needed.
Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services-Bronx Domestic Violence Programs (BDVP)
To access all services, call the hotline, 1.800.621.HOPE (4673).
For the hearing impaired, call 1.800.810.7444
New York City Domestic Violence Hotline
The City’s Domestic Violence Hotline provides safety planning, referrals, and connections to emergency housing for victims of domestic violence. This assistance is available to both male and female victims. Assistance in English, Spanish, and 150 other languages. Or call 311 and ask for the Domestic Violence Hotline.
The New York City Anti-Violence Project
Empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.
Steps to End Family Violence
Dedicated to empowering families and communities through innovative strength-based programs that promote healing and social change. A progressive community organization that values justice and diversity. Programs include an HRA Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP), Clinical Services, Teen Accountability Program, Civil Legal Services, Alternatives to Incarceration, and a Re-entry program for formerly incarcerated women with histories of trauma.
Sanctuary for Families
Provides services to victims of gender-based violence and their children in NYC, with specialized programs for immigrants, LGBTQ, sex trafficking survivors and children & youth. Counseling (in English, Spanish, French, Urdu, Hindi & other languages), support groups, legal consultation, representation and referrals, economic empowerment services and shelter.
Arab American Family Support Center-Anti-Violence Program
The Anti-Violence Program was created to address the critical need for culturally and linguistically competent services for victims of domestic violence, teen dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the Arab American community. Through our partnership with the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, victims and survivors of violence receive assistance in a safe and comfortable environment. The Anti-Violence Program offers the following free and confidential services: crisis intervention, information and referrals to service providers, individual counseling and support groups for victims and survivors of violence, empowerment groups for education and prevention, court accompaniments and translation assistance on a case-by-case basis, community outreach and education, trainings for professionals, awareness-raising campaigns, and advocacy for strengthening and reforming policy.
New York Asian Women’s Center
Helps women and their children overcome domestic violence and other forms of abuse by empowering them to govern their own lives. The Center provides a safe haven through multi-lingual support programs and shelter services. In addition, the Center works to raise public awareness about violence against women, advocates for the rights of survivors, and acts as an agent of social change.
Korean-American Family Service Center
24–Hour Hotline 718.460.3800
Community-based nonprofit organization assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and promoting healthy family and peer relationships in the Korean American community. They provide a wide range of free bilingual programs and services to over 1000 individuals each year, which include a 24-hour crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, "Rainbow House" emergency shelter, Transitional Housing program, court advocacy, support groups, children and youth programs, parenting workshops, and information and referral services.
Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC) Nuevo Amanecer/New Dawn Anti-Domestic Violence Program
24 Hour Hotline Bilingual (English/Spanish) 212.568.6616
DWDC has a matrix of program services that includes: anti-domestic violence services and advocacy, educational development, early childhood education, community organizing and the advancement of a Healthy Living Agenda. All programming has the goal to foster the empowerment of Latinas and their families and to support them in being agents of change in our communities.
SAKHI for South Asian Women
An anti-domestic violence organization that works with the South Asian community in the New York metropolitan area. They provide a safe place, support, friendship, and a full-range of culturally-sensitive, language-specific services to South Asian women facing abuse in their lives.
Violence Intervention Program, INC.
24 Hour Hotline Bilingual (English/Spanish) 800.664.5880
Provides bilingual (Spanish/English) services to women over 18 who are victims and/or survivors of domestic violence, including hotline services, non-residential services, emergency safe-dwellings and transitional housing.
Battered Women’s Legal Hotline
Sexual Assault/Incest hotline
National Sexual Assault (RAINN)
800.656.HOPE (800.656.4673) 24 hour Hotline
Safe Horizon--Citywide Helpline
Rape Crisis Programs in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island to help those victimized by rape and sexual assault. Programs include crisis intervention, case management, practical/emergency assistance, information and referrals, individual counseling, support groups & advocacy.
New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
The mission of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is to prevent sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes through education, research and advocacy. They offer guidance and assistance in accessing emergency care, providing general information, hotline listings, a resource guide, and downloadable fact sheets.