The Advocate Program is a New York State Approved Non-Residential Domestic Violence Service Provider.
We provide services to victims of intimate partner violence, family violence and their families.
Abuse can take many forms including but not limited to:
- Emotional abuse
- Economic/Financial abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Using children as leverage
- Using privilege (gender/race/ability/sexual orientation/citizenship status, etc)
- And a variety of other behaviors used to maintain fear, intimidation and power.
Financial or Economical Abuse – Unauthorized use or control of money or assets. Includes attempts to make a person completely dependent on the abuser for money and economic survival.
Physical Abuse – Inflicting physical pain or injury, or preventing access to medical care or medications. Includes but is not limited to acts such as: strangulation, slapping, hair pulling, hitting, stabbing, shooting, spitting, suffocation, punching, kicking.
Psychological Abuse – Controlling access to friends, family, school, faith networks or work. Use of intimidation, threats, and blackmail. Forced isolation (limiting and/or controlling a victim’s contact with loved ones, friends; re-locating a victim to a new location where they don’t know anyone or have supports; control of a victim’s interactions with people, and any other act that separates a victim from their support network).
Sexual Abuse- use of physical and/or implied force for the purposes of sexual compliance; unwanted touching; coercion into sexual acts against a victim’s will. In NYS, sexual abuse in all its forms is illegal, including when the victim/perpetrator are married.
Stalking – a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Acts may include approaching the victim or showing up in places when the victim didn’t want them to be there; making unwanted telephone calls; leaving the victim unwanted messages (text or voice); and watching or following the victim from a distance, or spying on the victim with a listening device, camera, or global positioning system were the most commonly reported stalker tactics by both female and male victims of stalking. (Source: National Center for Victims of Crime,/Stalking Resource Center)
Verbal or Emotional Abuse – Speaking to a person in a demanding or threatening way. This includes name-calling, intimidation, and demeaning. Includes constant criticism, belittling someone’s abilities and competency and other attempts to undermine someone’s self image and sense of self worth.
Since October 2010, Crisis Services has been the operator of the NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline on behalf of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. Our trained domestic and sexual violence Hotline Counselors answer over 12,000 calls annually from individuals seeking information and support related to domestic violence, family violence, sexual assault, rape, child abuse and elder abuse.
For more information on the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence go to: www.opdv.ny.gov
New York State Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline
We invite you to join us in saying NO MORE to sexual violence, one strategy we are employing to shift our cultural norms around sexual violence. NO MORE is a unifying symbol and movement to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Launched in March 2013 by a coalition at the national level, we are employing its signature teal symbol to increase visibility for domestic violence and sexual assault here in our tri county area and utilizing the hash tags of #nomore and #endsexualviolenceWNY. Please follow our grant partners on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see our campaign in action, to submit your own post, and join us in changing our culture!