Domestic Violence

Call us for support: 800.621.HOPE (4673)

Are You in an Abusive Relationship?

  • Are you ever afraid of your partner?
  • Does your partner threaten to hurt you?
  • Does your partner control all the money?
  • Has your partner ever pushed you or shoved you, thrown things at you, or forced you to have sex?
  • Does your partner stalk you or show up uninvited at your job or when you’re out with friends?

If you said yes to one or more of these questions, you may be a victim of domestic violence.

Get our Domestic Violence Tip Card - 10 Signs (PDF).

You might feel hopeless, desperate, confused, and alone. You may not want to tell people about your situation because you feel afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed. You are not alone, and help is available in your community. If you are in New York City and are being abused by your partner, Safe Horizon can help you. Safe Horizon is the largest provider of domestic violence services in the country. Our counselors are compassionate and experienced, and can help you explore all your options.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence, sometimes called battering, family violence, or intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, economic abuse, and/or sexual abuse. Abusers use threats, intimidation, isolation, and other behaviors to gain and maintain power over their victims.

Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Domestic violence occurs in same-sex relationships and men can be victims as well.

If you are being abused, call Safe Horizon's Domestic Violence Hotline

800.621.HOPE (4673) - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Create a safety plan - learn what steps you can take during crisis.

Our Domestic Violence Services

Safe Horizon offers comprehensive support for victims of domestic violence. If you live in New York City, learn about our:

Legal Services - if you have legal concerns or questions related to domestic violence.

Court and Community Programs - for face-to-face support at one of our locations or to learn about services we provide at courts through New York City.

Domestic Violence Police Program - that teams our staff with police to help victims of domestic violence.

Shelters - if you need to escape violence in your home, our Hotline responders may be able to help you get into an emergency shelter.


Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.
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