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What Help is Available?

Help for Victims, Family and Friends

How do I know if I'm abused?

If you or someone you know is being abused. . .

A comprehensive guide for both survivors and helpers with up-to-date information about the problem of adult domestic violence, safety planning, and getting help from domestic violence services, the police, and the courts.

Text from top of Share Card: 'Share Your Story: Because you have the right to be healthy and safe. See back to learn how Share can help you'
  • SHARE Card pdf HTML (Web page)   Order Copies

    A 2.25” by 5” card that is easily hidden in a phone case which informs victims of their right to free confidential screening and counseling. SHARE provides the victim with the NYS Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline.

Don't Do Nothing (Finding Safety and Support: The Video)

The “Don’t Do Nothing” video was designed to raise awareness of domestic violence and to provide ideas and suggestions for safe, appropriate responses by family, friends and co-workers. The video is presented in three short segments: Identifying Abuse, Planning for Safety and Getting Involved, each of which is comprised of dramatization and portrayed testimonials.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted

  • Sexual Assault Examiner (SAE) Programs
    Sexual Assault Examiner Locator Interactive Map. New York's Sexual Assault Examiner (SAE) Programs were established in 1995 to improve the delivery of emergency care to sexual assault victims. While each program follows basic protocols, programs incorporate unique elements as needed by their service area. Sexual assault examiners and rape crisis counselors work together as a team to provide optimal care for sexual assault victims.

Domestic Violence Handbook (Booklet, English or Spanish)

A self-help guide that explains your legal rights and how to get them from the legal system. Available free of charge from the New York State Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906, English & español/Multi-language Accessibility. Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 711.

Address Confidentiality

  • Address Confidentiality Program
    The New York Department of State has developed a program that will allow domestic violence victims to protect their addresses.