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There is no easy answer to this question because every situation is different. But if your life at home is bad, here’s what you should do to ensure safety for yourself and your family.

What to Do in a Domestic Violence Situation

  • CALL 911 IF YOU ARE IN AN EMERGENCY – Your immediate safety is your priority. If you are in an emergency, get away from your abuser and call 911 at once. Make every effort to do so such that your abuser isn’t aware of your 911 call.
  • If you’re safe at the moment, and think you won’t be later, make a plan to leave. Do NOT tell your abuser you or the rest of your family are intending to go.
  • Create a safe exit plan for yourself. Consider a cash or credit buffer, a place to go and support from family and friends. Alert those you trust of your intention.
  • Speak with other victims of domestic violence – join a support group. Talking to people in similar situations helps victims cope with the process of escape.
  • Get one-on-one help with a free domestic violence counselor. Such help can provide advice on how to handle your next steps, and discuss issues at no charge to you.

For free legal help, call Sobo & Sobo for help: (347) 941-0880.

New York Domestic Violence Emergency Hotlines:

  • Orange and Sullivan County:
    • Fearless! Hudson Valley, Inc. (formerly Safe Homes of Orange County), located in Newburgh: (845) 562-5340
    • Honor in Middletown: 845-343-7115
    • Orange County Crisis Intervention: 888-750-2266
    • Sullivan County: Department of Family Services, 16 Community Lane, Liberty, NY 12754, Phone: (845) 292-0100
  • Dutchess County: 
    • Dutchess County Helpline: 845-485-9700
    • Family Services Domestic Violence Hotline: 845-485-5550
  •  Rockland County:
    • Center for Safety and Change: 9 Johnsons Lane, New City, NY 10956, Phone: (845) 634-3391
  •  NYC:
    • Safe Horizon, Address: 165 W 131st St, New York, NY 10027;  Phone: (212) 678-1050
  •  Bronx:
    • Safe Horizon, Address: 900 Sheridan Ave, The Bronx, NY 10451; Phone (718) 590-2371

*If there’s a chance your abuser checks your phone logs, make your calls from a friend’s house.

Taking Legal Action Against an Abusive Partner

Although it’s recommended to contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233) if you are in an abusive domestic environment, you should know they do not help with or give advice about legal matters.

You can, however, get help from Sobo & Sobo. We are offering free legal help to aid those suffering during the Coronavirus emergency. There is no charge for our representation of you or for any other expenses.

Call: (347) 941-0880

New York Domestic Violence (2015):

  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault hotline calls received 251,753 calls.
  • In New York State, 49.5% of female homicide victims aged 16 and older were killed by an intimate partner; 3% of male homicide victims were killed by an intimate partner.
  • New York State courts issued a total of 293,525 orders of protection.

Domestic violence is one of the most chronically under-reported crimes.