October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to NYC Department of Veterans’ Services:
- 1/3 of female veterans experience Intimate Partner Violence in their lifetime.
- 91% of veteran spouses who responded to a 2017 Blue Star Families survey say they did not report their abuse.
If you are experiencing violence at home, contact the NYC Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-621-4673 or visit the NYC HOPE website: https://www1.nyc.gov/nychope/site/page/home
NYC HOPE can connect you to resources to help you or a loved one experiencing dating, domestic, or gender-based violence.
- NYC HOPE’s resource directory includes information about community-based organizations that work with survivors of domestic and gender-based violence in all five boroughs, including additional resources for survivors during COVID-19.
- Learn to recognize the signs of abuse. It may not always be clear when a situation crosses from healthy to unhealthy, or to something that may be considered abuse.
- Learn how to support others. When someone you know has experienced harm or violence, it may be hard to know what to say or do.
- Walk into any NYC Family Justice Center to get free and confidential assistance if you are experiencing domestic or gender-based violence, which can include intimate partner and family violence, elder abuse, sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking.