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Places that Help: New York
Updated: December 4, 2015
Included in this list are programs that can offer help/referrals to victims of abuse throughout the state. (Have a suggestion or correction? Contact us!)
Kayama is a not-for-profit organization for Jewish people that helps them obtain a “get,” which is a Jewish religious divorce. (They do not help with civil, non-religious divorces.) There is no charge for their services. They help people in all states, all countries.
New York State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
If you think that a child may be at risk of child abuse or neglect, contact the New York State Child Abuse Hotline (State Central Register) at 1-800-342-3720. If you believe that a child may be in immediate danger, call 911 or contact your local law enforcement. You need to have only a reasonable suspicion of child abuse. You do not have to prove it or be absolutely certain.
New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
518-482-5465 (Albany Office)
585-413-0887 (Rochester Office)
The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) provides training, support, technical assistance and advocacy to local direct service domestic violence programs across New York State. NYSCADV is not a direct service provider and is not equipped to provide 24-hour crisis support.
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
NYSCASA does not provide direct rape crisis services to victims. It is a coalition that serves and assists rape crisis programs, which do provide direct services - and these local rape crisis centers are listed on the NYSCASA website. NYSCASA also provides training, consultation and technical assistance to campuses, workplaces, student groups, etc. On their website, they have a variety of fact sheets, informational brochures, and other free resources on sexual violence topics for the general public - see here: http://nyscasa.org/get-info/
New York State Crime Victims Board (Office of Victim Services)
Provides financial compensation to crime victims for certain expenses related to their victimization. There are locations in Albany and Brooklyn - see the website for specific contact information for each office: https://ovs.ny.gov/contact-us
New York State Domestic Violence Hotline
In NYC: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or dial 311 TTY: 1-866-604-5350
The Parent Helpline can help you find programs and services in your community that can help. 1-800-CHILDREN is a free, confidential, multi-lingual information and referral service for anyone who has questions or concerns about a child or family. A trained Helpline Specialist is available to assist you everyday from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. We address topics such as Parenting education programs; Preventive services; Services for disengaged youth; Information about navigating the child protective system; Information about custody and other legal issues.
Protective Services for Adults (Elder Abuse Hotline)
Capital View Office Park
52 Washington Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144-2834
You can report suspected abuse to Protective Services for Adults. Reports can be made anonymously, if desired. The Protective Services for Adults program, provided through local county departments of social services, has the legal responsibility to investigate alleged abuse, neglect or exploitation of impaired adults, age 18 and over, and of the elderly.
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