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Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence?

Hot Topic: Stop Domestic Violence

I want the abuse to stop. What should I do?

Call 911 for immediate help.  If you are unable to do so, you should go to the police station nearest to where the abuse has occurred.  If you have suffered an injury, you should seek medical attention and have photographs of your injuries taken.  Remember, any evidence of the abuse, such as broken furniture, punched holes in the wall, torn clothing, damaged phone or cell phone and any types of messages: voice mail, text or email are helpful in the investigation and prosecution of your case.

The abuser has been arrested.  What happens now?

After arrest, the abuser will appear before a judge.  This process is called an arraignment.  An attorney will represent the abuser, and an Assistant District Attorney will represent the People of the State of New York.  The case against the abuser is brought in the name of the People of the State of New York, not your name.  At arraignment, the judge can either set bail, hold the abuser in jail without bail, or release the abuser, who must then return to court on a future date.  Usually the abuser is arraigned within 24 hours of his or her arrest.

CAUTION: The abuser may be released at any time after arraignment

What do you mean the abuser can be released?   Don’t I get any protection?

At arraignment, the Assistant District Attorney can ask the judge to issue an Order of Protection. An Order of Protection is a court order that instructs the abuser to refrain from certain conduct, including harassing, intimidating, threatening, assaulting, or stalking you. In addition, the order of protection can instruct the abuser to refrain from having any contact with you, whatsoever.     If the abuser violates the order of protection, he or she can be re-arrested.

Please click here to learn more information about Orders of Protection

Now that I have this order of protection, am I safe?

An order of protection cannot guarantee your safety.  Therefore, it is important to have a safety plan.  Our Office can assist you in obtaining court-related information and social services to help provide for your safety and ease any emotional trauma.  Our Witness Aid Services Unit at 1 Hogan Place and at our Northern Manhattan Office located on 125th Street will help you with:

  • Developing a safety plan;
  • Obtaining case information;
  • Arranging to speak with the Assistant District Attorney assigned to your case;
  • Obtaining a copy of the order of protection issued in your case;
  • Referrals to domestic violence shelters, including relocation for senior victims;
  • Individual or group counseling;
  • Referrals for children exposed to Domestic Violence;
  • Referrals to organizations with expertise in family court and/or immigration matters;
  • Referrals to Adult Protective Services and/or the NYC Department for the Aging;
  • Help with public assistance applications;
  • Transportation to and from court;
  • Advocacy with other agencies on your behalf;
  • A cell phone for emergency 911 use , (applies to high-risk situations) ;

Can you still help me if I don’t want the abuser arrested?

In order to proceed in Criminal Court you must have a criminal case.  You also have the option to file a petition in Family Court when a family offense has been committed against you.  You can request an order of protection in Family Court.  However, Family Court is a civil court, and a proceeding will not result in a criminal record for the abuser.  In order to proceed in Family Court, you and the abuser must:

  • Be related by blood,
  • Be legally married,
  •  Be formerly married,
  • Have a child in common, or
  • Be or have been in an intimate relationship.

For more information regarding Family Court proceedings, contact:

Manhattan Family Court
60 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10013

Examples of Domestic Violence

Jordan and Alex have two children.  Jordan has endured a violent relationship that has included physical and psychological abuse. Jordan has tried to escape before, but without money, had felt trapped.  Jordan had lost all hope. One evening, Jordan beat Alex in front of the children.  A neighbor called the police.  Jordan is now getting help and the abuse has stopped.

Sam, fourteen, is dating Taylor, eighteen.  Taylor tells Sam what to wear and who to hang out with.  Taylor forces Sam to have unprotected sex.  Later, they get into an argument and Taylor slaps Sam.  Taylor texts Sam saying “if I can’t have you, no one will”.  Sam becomes scared and tells a parent, who takes Sam to the police station.  Sam now feels safe.

Jen is pregnant with Tyler’s baby.  Tyler is very jealous and does not allow Jen to see friends or family.  When Jen got home late, Tyler became angry and placed his hands around Jen’s neck and squeezed.  Jen was unable to breathe and blacked out.  Jen files a police report.  Tyler is arrested for strangulation. 

New York City Resources and Services for Victims of Domestic Violence

The NYPD has a domestic violence unit in every precinct in New York City.  Officers in this unit are specially trained to handle domestic violence cases.  Call your local precinct to speak with the domestic violence officer.  If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Find your precinct

1st Precinct                                                                             212-334-0611

5th Precinct                                                                             212-334-0711

6th Precinct                                                                             212-741-4811

7th Precinct                                                                             212-477-7311

9th Precinct                                                                             212-477-7811

10th Precinct                                                                           212-741-8211

13th Precinct                                                                           212-477-7411

Midtown South Precinct                                                          212-239-9811

17th Precinct                                                                           212-826-3211

Midtown North Precinct                                                           212-767-8400

19th Precinct                                                                           212-452-0600

20th Precinct                                                                           212-580-6411

Central Park Precinct                                                              212-570-4820

23rd Precinct                                                                           212-860-6411

24th Precinct                                                                           212-678-1811

25th Precinct                                                                           212-860-6511

26th Precinct                                                                           212-678-1311

28th Precinct                                                                           212-678-1611

30th Precinct                                                                           212-690-8811

32nd Precinct                                                                           212-690-6311

33rd Precinct                                                                           212-927-3200

34th Precinct                                                                           212-927-9711

NYPD Housing Domestic Violence Unit

Police Service Area # 4                                                                      212-375-9360
Police Service Area # 5                                                                      212-860-1212
Police Service Area # 6                                                                      212-694-7700

Domestic Violence Resources

Please note this resource list is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a recommendation of any of the specific services provided by the programs.  This brochure does not list every domestic violence resource available in New York City.

Adult Protective Services Central Intake Unit

212-630-1853 – Central Intake 

Adult Protective Services (APS) is a state-mandated case management program that arranges for services and support for physically and/or mentally impaired adults who are at risk of harm. APS seeks to promptly resolve the risks faced by eligible clients with service plans that will enable these individuals to live independently and safely within their homes and communities.  Prospective clients may be referred by anyone.

New York City Anti-Violence Project

212-714-1141 (24  Hour Hotline),

New York City Anti-Violence Project provides services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender victims, including counseling, advocacy for legal issues, support groups, and community education.

Barrier Free Living, Inc.

212-533-4358 (voice/TTY hotline),
*This hotline will connect to Safe Horizon, which can connect Victims to BFL

Barrier Free Living provides services to disabled domestic violence victims, including advocacy, individual counseling, support groups, skills training, shelter referrals and help in obtaining orders of protection.  Services are available citywide in English, Spanish, Creole, and American Sign Language.

New York City Department for the Aging  

Elderly Crime Victim’s Resource Center

The Elderly Crime Victims Resource Center provides direct resource and referral to victims of elder abuse and also coordinates our education and prevention efforts around this important agency mission. The Elderly Crime Victims Program within DFTA can be contacted by phone from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday (311). After hours, callers are routed to Safe Horizon's hotline to ensure 24/7 assistance.

Manhattan Legal Services, Domestic Violence Project

Manhattan Legal Services provides victims of domestic violence with legal representation in Family court (for custody, visitation, and child support matters) and help in obtaining orders of protection.  Services are available in English and Spanish.

New York Asian Women’s Center

212-732-5230 (24 – Hour Hotline),888-888-7702,

New York Asian Women’s Center provides crisis intervention, safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, and community education with specific consideration to unique issues faced by Asian battered women.  Services are available in English, Chinese, Hindi, and other Asian language or dialects.

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation


Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation provides domestic violence victims with crisis counseling, shelter/housing assistance, court accompaniment, referrals and legal services.  Services are available in English and Spanish. 

Sanctuary for Families, Inc.

Sanctuary for Families provides domestic violence victims and their children with shelter/housing assistance, counseling, advocacy, referrals, support groups and legal services.  Services are available in English, Spanish, French and other languages. 

CONNECT Legal Advocacy Program


CONNECT Legal Advocacy Program provides domestic violence victims with advocacy for criminal and family court issues, shelter, public assistance and immigration.  Services are available in Spanish and English.

Violence Intervention Program


Violence Intervention Programprovides domestic violence victims with crisis counseling, advocacy, support groups, community education, referrals, and shelter.  Services are available in English and Spanish.

New York City Domestic Violence

24-Hour Hotline
800-621-4673, 866-604-5350 (TDD),

New York State Hotlines

English: 800-942-6906 (voice), 800-818-0656 (TTY)
Spanish: 888-846-3469 (voice), 800-780-7660 (TTY)

VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is a service which provides victims of crime through the telephone or internet information regarding release dates for inmates in the custody of the New York City Department of Correction and New York State Department of Correctional Services.


New York County District Attorney's Office Witness Aid Services Unit

The New York County District Attorney’s Office Witness Aid Services Unit provides a variety of court-related services, social service, and counseling services designed to meet the needs of crime victims, witnesses, and their families.  To contact the Witness Aid Services Unit, call 212-335-9040 or click here for additional information. 

New York County District Attorney’s Office

80 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
212-335-4300 (main number)
212-335-4355 (hotline)
212-335-9500 (TTY)
(located in the Harlem State Office Building)
163 West 125th Street
7th Floor
New York, NY 10027