Anti-Violence, Self Defense and Survivor Resources

New York City Anti-Violence Resources

The Anti-Violence Project12
Manhattan: 240 West 35th St., Suite 200
(212) 714-1184
24 Hr. Bilingual Hotline: (212) 714-1141
Free, confidential assistance for LGBT and HIV-affected people who have experienced intimate partner/family/domestic violence and/or hate violence in NYC. English and Spanish speakers available.

Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE)1
Brooklyn: 327 Seventh Street, #2
(718) 788-1775
The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) develops and implements comprehensive programs for individuals and organizations. Through a combination of education, physical empowerment, and leadership development, CAE provides underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan area with skills to break cycles of violence.

Safe Slope1
Brooklyn-based Safe Slope formed in August 2011 to provide services and resources to empower and protect the communities of South Slope/Greenwood Heights/Windsor Terrace/Park Slope in the aftermath of multiple assaults and attempted assaults. Provides free services to get people home safely.

New York City Self Defense Resources

CAE Classes & Programs
Brooklyn: 327 7th St., 2nd Floor
(718) 788-1775
CAE's on-site programs focus on teen and adult women, the LGBTQ community and transgender youth and adults. Off-site programs work with individuals and communities experiencing violence and the threat of violence. The programs include self-defense classes for women, girls, LGB, and TGNC people, power Action Change program for teen women and TGNC youth, Karate, and Tai Chi. Free classes available to survivors.

LGBT Self-Defense Classes - Taught by New York Hung Ga (NYHG)
Chelsea Studios
New York: 151 W 26th Street
LGBT Self-Defense classes for Summer 2013. 8-week course, but option to pay-per-class is available as well.

Right Rides^1
Brooklyn: 26 Court St., Suite 505
Office number: (718) 522-0822
Dispatch number : (718 ) 964 -7781 and (888) 215-SAFE / (888) 215-7233
Right Rides operates on Friday nights from 12-3 am and provides free rides home within their service area (see website for more info) to women and all TGNC people.

New York City Survivor Resources

Barrier Free Living: Secret Garden Program3
(212) 533-4358
Barrier Free Living's Secret Garden Program is an award-winning program for people with disabilities who have experienced domestic violence. The program provides counseling, innovative support groups, advocacy, and safety planning.

Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC)12
24 Hour Crisis Hotline: (718) 460-3800
Office: (718) 460-3801
Flushing: P.O. Box 541429
The Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) is a non-profit that empowers adults, youth, and children to lead safe and healthy lives based on dignity, compassion, and mutual respect. KAFSC provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, individual and family counseling, legal and social service advocacy, empowerment groups, sexual assault intervention programs, self-sufficiency programs, and transitional housing.

Sanctuary for Families2
(212) 349–6009
Counseling, shelter, legal, and supportive services for survivors of intimate partner/domestic violence and their children in NYC. Work with clients from all backgrounds; specialized services for immigrants, LGBTQ people, and victims of sex trafficking.

Safe Homes Project12
HOTLINE: (718) 499-2151
Hotline crisis intervention, short-term individual counseling, safety planning, information, referrals, and advocacy for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner/domestic violence. Shelter is for women DV survivors (including LGBT women).

Safe Horizon1
Domestic Violence: (800) 621-4673
Crime Victims: (866) 689-4357
Rape, Sexual Assault and Incest: (212)227-3000
TDD for all hotlines: (866) 604-5350
Provides counseling, shelter, legal, and other services to victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, stalking, trafficking, and child abuse in New York City. Special programs for youth and young adults and families of homicide victims. Offers shelters, supportive services, counseling, court advocacy and legal assistance, child advocacy centers, youth drop-in centers, and more. Project SAFE provides free lock replacements.

Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program1
Manhattan: Mt. Sinai Hospital, 1468 Madison Ave.
(212) 423-2140
Counseling for survivors of rape, sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, and intimate partner violence and support services for friends and families of survivors; Takanot Project, counseling and support services for Orthodox Jewish survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence; Legal advocacy; Education and training; Emergency room advocates called in at these hospitals:
Manhattan: Harlem Hospital; Lenox Hill Hospital; Metropolitan Hospital; The Mount Sinai Hospital
Queens: Elmhurst Hospital Center; Queens Hospital Center; The Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens.

New York State Anti-Violence Resources

Capital District LGBT Anti-Violence Project
In Our Own Voices, Inc. runs the Capital District LGBT Anti-Violence Project, which provides a support line, trainings, resources and information designed to improve domestic violence services for LGBT people of color in the Capital District Region.

Anti-Violence Project - Long Island (AVP-LI)1
The Anti-Violence Project - Long Island (AVP-LI) serves survivors of hate-motivated violence, sexual assault, and domestic violence, and is committed to educating the Long Island community about the dynamics of GLBT and HIV-motivated violence. AVP-LI facilitates workshops targeting health and human service providers, law enforcement personnel, academic professionals, and other community groups.

New York State Self Defense Resources

New York State Survivor Resources

Support New York
Support New York is a collective dedicated to healing the effects of sexual assault and abuse. Support New York aims to meet the needs of the survivor, to hold accountable those who have perpetuated harm, and to maintain a larger dialogue with the community about consent, mutual aid, and our society's narrow views of abuse. Survivors who are seeking resources can contact Support New York to get help finding resources and support in their area.

Capital Region

Capital District LGBT Anti-Violence Project - Domestic Violence Support Line14
(518) 432-4341
In Our Own Voices, Inc. runs a support line for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender survivors of domestic violence, particularly people of color.

Equinox - Domestic Violence Services1
24-Hour Hotline: (518) 432-7865
Equinox provides services to individuals and dependent children who have been affected by domestic violence, including shelter, counseling, outreach, advocacy, case management, and transitional housing.

Central New York

The Advocacy Center1
Ithaca: P.O. Box 164
Hotline: (607) 277-5000
Office: (607) 277-3202
The Advocacy Center provides support, advocacy, and education for survivors of domestic violence, survivors of child sexual abuse, and survivors adult sexual assault. The goal of the Advocacy Center is to help reduce the trauma that results from domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Services include crisis intervention, shelter at a safe house, support groups and empowerment classes, help with orders of protection, legal advocacy, therapy, etc.

A New Hope Center1
Hotline (24 hours a day): (607) 687-6866, (888) 696-7600
Text: (607) 972-1996
Owego: 20 Church Street
A New Hope Center offers comprehensive services to all crime victims, including domestic violence, rape, child abuse, assault, homocide, and other crime and abuse issues. Recommended by The Cube Binghamton LGBT Resource List.

SOS Shelter, Inc.
Endicott: P.O Box 393
24/7 Hotline: (607) 754-4340; Toll-Free: 1-877-754-4340
The mission of the SOS Shelter, Inc. is to assist families who experience, or are threatened with domestic violence and to increase the community’s awareness of this pervasive problem. The primary focus of the Shelter is to provide supportive and secure surroundings for a woman and her children, and to facilitate their solution of the immediate problems, and aid in planning for the long-term needs. The shelter provides residential/shelter services, advocacy services, individual counseling, support groups, and scholarship.

Vera House13
24 Hour Crisis & Support Line: (315) 468-3260
Syracuse: 6181 Thompson Road, Suite 100
A comprehensive domestic and sexual violence service agency providing shelter, advocacy, and counseling services for women, children & men, education and prevention programs, and community coordination.

Hudson Valley

Unity House of Troy - Safety Zones1
Troy: 309 Eighth St.
(518) 274-1611
Unity House of Troy provides crisis intervention, advocacy, skills teaching, information, resources, encouragement, and support to individuals living in Rensselaer County and surrounding communities.

Victims Assistance Services12
Office: (914) 345-3113
24-Hour Helpline: (855) 827-2255
Local Hotline: (914) 345-9111
A component of the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc., the LGBTQ program in Victims Assistance Services provides specialized services to survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, hate and other crimes. Services include 24-Hour Hotline, Crisis Intervention, counseling and specialized trauma therapies, support and therapy groups, safety planning, accompaniment to hospital emergency rooms, SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner), accompaniment and advocacy throughout criminal justice process, assistance obtaining protective orders and accessing shelter, home visits to vulnerable elders, and prevention education presentations. The LGBTQ Program is also available to provide trainings and workshops on topics related to working with LGBTQ individuals and families. Recommended from The LOFT LGBT Business Directory.

Long Island

Anti-Violence Project - Long Island (AVP-LI)1
AVP-LI serves survivors of hate-motivated violence (including HIV-motivated violence), domestic violence, and sexual assault. The project provides free and confidential short-term counseling, court/police advocacy, and healing/support groups. AVP-LI also provides referrals and information to and about other community based legal, victim support, and mental health services that best suit individual needs.

Western New York

Alternatives for Battered Women Rochester3
Monroe County
Rochester: PO Box 39601
(585) 232-7353
Recommended as LGBT-friendly by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, Alternatives for Battered Women (ABW) is the only licensed provider in Monroe County of shelter and services for people who have been affected by domestic violence. Services offered include 24-hour hotline, 38-bed emergency shelter, walk-in counseling, transitional support services, court advocacy, education and prevention, and a speaker's bureau.

Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims, Inc. (ASADV)3
Rochester: PO Box 20023
(866) 936-8976
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Mission is to provide support to the Deaf community and to Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing individuals, families, and children who are or have been victims/survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. Offers a safe and supportive environment of advocacy, empowerment, community education, and training services. All staff are Deaf and staff, advocates, and volunteers are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Recommended by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Resource directory.

Gay Alliance (Rochester): Anti-Violence Project1
Rochester's Gay Alliance Anti-Violence Project provides a confidential and sensitive support services for victims of discrimination and/or violence. Website provides information for reporting bias, harassment, hate violence, relationship violence, family violence, HIV-related bias/violence, rape, sexual assault, pick-up crimes or any other incident that leaves you feeling hurt, victimized, or unsafe.

Bivona Child Advocacy Center1
Rochester: 275 Lake Avenue
(585) 935-7800
Bivona Child Advocacy Center coordinates and provides services and support for child victims of sexual or physical abuse and their families at a single and safe, child-friendly facility. The Center is committed to reducing trauma, promoting accountability, fostering healing, and advocating on behalf of child victims of sexual and physical abuse. Recommended by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley Resource Directory.

Crisis Services Advocate Program123
(716) 834-3131 (General)
(716) 862-4357 (24-Hour Hotline)
(716) 884-6000 (for Shelter)
For survivors of family violence, rape, sexual assault, elder abuse, and gender violence. Mental health services, homelessness services, suicide prevention, trauma recovery, and further information and resources also available. Recommended as LGBT-friendly by the Pride Center of Western New York.

Haven House1
(716) 862-4357 (for help); (716) 884-6000 (for shelter)
Child & Family Services Haven House works to promote peace in the home by providing safe, confidential services for victims of domestic violence and their children. Through direct services and community education and outreach, Haven House works to ensure that all relationships embrace the principles of peace, respect, and equality. According to Pride Center of Western New York website, Haven House provides shelter to women, including transwomen. While the shelter does not currently provide shelter for transmen, Haven House has affirmative counselors who will counsel anyone regardless of gender identity.

LGBT Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence Committee of Western New York
LGBT DV Committee of WNY: Mark Boser, Committee Chair, c/o Child & Family Services
Buffalo: 330 Delaware Avenue
(716) 335-7038
The Pride Center of Western New York, the LGBT DV committee of WNY and Haven House have entered into a partnership that allows LGBT individuals to access resources and services for victims of intimate partner violence without fear of discrimination.

Planned Parenthood (Rochester/Syracuse) Rape Crisis Hotline1
Monroe County: (585) 546-2777
Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties: 1-800-527-1757
Elsewhere in US: 1-800-656-4673

National Anti-Violence Resources

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)
Founded in 1995, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) is the only national coalition dedicated to reducing violence and its impacts on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities in the United States. NCAVP currently brings together LGBTQH anti-violence programs in cities and regions across the United States and in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario. NCAVP coordinates the National LGBTQ Training and Assistance Center, produces annual national reports, supports local and developing anti-violence programs, provides direct rapid response to critical incidents of LGBTQH violence across the country, and assists local communities in their anti-violence efforts responding to violence.
NCAVP's website includes a list of local members and a number of resources for LGBTQ competency and developing anti-violence programs.

The Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project
The Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project is a trans feminist project addressing issues of systematic, institutional and interpersonal violence and oppression experienced by trans women (those who were coercively assigned male at birth and identify or are identified as women/female) across multiple identities (e.g., race, class, dis/ability, citizen-status, nationality, sexuality, age, HIV status, and form, status, or age of transition, etc.). The project is organized and managed by Ida Hammer, a writer and social justice communicator. She presents workshops and trainings on cis privilege and being a trans ally. She's also involved in organizing against sexualized violence. She's a proud dyke-identified trans woman and an organizer of the New York City Dyke March.

RAINN: Rape, Assault, and Incest National Network
Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE(4673)
RAINN is an anti-sexual assault organization working with local rape crisis centers across the US. The organization also has a web-based crisis hotline providing live and anonymous support.

National Self Defense Resources

National Survivor Resources

FORGE Anti-Violence Projects
Milwaukee, WI: P.O. Box 1272
(414) 559-2123
FORGE is an organization that aims to provide peer support primarily to transgender individuals, as well as significant others, family, friends, and allies (SOFFA). FORGE provides training and technical assistance to professionals who work with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence as well as a number of resources for trans* and SOFFA survivors.

Oakland, CA and National
(510) 251-8552
Through survivor and bystander leadership development, community prevention and intervention, public action, and cross-movement building, generationFIVE works to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families, and communities. Puts on leadership training events, provides resources, and collects survivors and bystanders stories.

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