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Domestic Violence

Afraid to stay, afraid to leave?

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will be victims of domestic violence or abuse in their lifetime. (CDC, 2017)

  • You are not alone
  • You are not to blame
  • You do not deserve to be abused
  • You have rights
  • You can get help

Signs of Abuse

Some signs of domestic violence are more obvious than others. Here are a few common signs.

Does your intimate partner ever:

  • Accuse you of cheating and being disloyal?
  • Make you feel worthless?
  • Hurt you by hitting, choking or kicking you?
  • Intimidate and threaten to hurt you or someone you love?
  • Threaten to hurt themselves if they don’t get what they want?
  • Try to control what you do and who you see?
  • Isolate you from your family and friends?
  • Pressure or force you into unwanted sex?
  • Control your access to money?
  • Stalk you, including calling you constantly or following you?

If you recognize these signs of domestic violence and suspect that you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you are not alone; there is help in your community.

Johane's Story

As a social worker who referred many domestic violence survivors to resources like Safe Horizon’s hotline, Johane used this trick to make the call for help when she needed it.
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Our Programs


For many survivors of violence, the journey to safety and healing starts with a simple phone call.

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Safe Horizon client advocates are now available by chat to offer information, advocacy, and support to people who have been impacted by violence, crime, and abuse.

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Domestic Violence Shelters

A domestic violence shelter in NYC is a safe place for abuse survivors to rebuild and find hope.

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Community Programs

Find the guidance and resources you want and need.

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Family Justice Center

One-stop center for victims.

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Domestic Violence Law Project

Gain justice and independence.

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Family Court Programs

Get the guidance you need while you safely wait for your Family Court hearing.

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Criminal Court Programs

We help victims of crime or violence navigate the criminal justice system.

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Immigration Law Project

Legal help for immigrant survivors of abuse.

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Child Trauma Response Team

Supporting children and families impacted by domestic violence.

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Crime Victim Assistance Program

Helping crime victims that come to the attention of police gain access to comprehensive assistance.

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Project SAFE Lock Replacement

Feel safe in your own home.

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