“To be rendered powerless doesn’t destroy your humanity. Your resilience is your humanity. The only people who lose their humanity are those who believe they have the right to render another human being powerless. They are the weak. To yield and not break, that is incredible strength.” — Hannah Gadsby
Domestic violence affects millions of individuals around the world, of every race, religion, culture, and status. In Broome County, the Family Violence Prevention Council connects victims, survivors, allies, and leaders to create a united front against domestic violence in our community.
In our current climate, it can feel difficult to connect with those who can support our safety- but help is available. As we process our community’s recent domestic violence incidents, please remember that help and support are available. The Family Violence Prevention Council supports the work of Crime Victims Assistance Center, YWCA, and RISE.
Crime Victims Assistance Center, YWCA, and RISE are more accessible than ever- offering chat technology through their websites, texting, and telephone sessions. The RISE Shelter is open and operating using the most current health and safety standards.
These professional supports are for anyone impacted by domestic violence. These agencies have advocates ready to help individuals or families in creating individualized, comprehensive, and realistic plans that support safety.
For a more comprehensive understanding of Broome County's resources, check out our Town Hall event recording on October 21, 2020, find it: here.
Looking for help?
New York State Domestic Violence & Sexual Violence 24 hr. Hotline:
Looking for information on Orders of Protection? "What is an Order of Protection?"
New York Sheriff's Victim Hotline: 1-888-846-3469 www.vinelink.com
SAFE Housing / Advocacy / Support:
Broome County - RISE www.rise-ny.org
Crime Victims Assistance Center 24 hr crisis-line 607.722.4256 or text 725-8196 www.cvac.us
For other information on domestic violence go to: www.opdv.ny.gov
For other information on sexual assault go to: www.nyscasa.org
Need Information more specific to COVID-19 & Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence During the Pandemic: Resources for Victims and Survivors
Our guide includes:
- Recognizing Red Flags and Barriers in Abusive Relationships
- Tips on Emergency Planning and Tech Safety for Victims Fleeing
- Support Services for Housing, Immigration, and Financial Independence (mymove.com)
Safety.com has created a comprehensive guide that highlights the increased vulnerability for victims and how to provide and find support during these unprecedented times.
You can check out the guide here:
Our guide includes:
- Four types of common abuses and recognizing the early warning signs
- Critical steps to take to protect yourself
- Support Services for Housing, Immigration, and Financial Independence
How is intimate partner violence defined?
The following is a list of examples of tactics used by an
abuser to gain that power and control. (NYS-OPDV):
- Withholding medication, medical care, medical equipment, nutrition
- Forcing use of alcohol or other drugs
- Controls finances
- Keeps partner from getting or keeping a job
- Demands partner's money
Undermining, or attempting to undermine, a person's self-worth by:
- Constant criticism
- Put downs
- Name calling
- Silent treatment
- Manipulating feelings/emotions
- Repeatedly making and breaking promises
- Undermining partner's parenting and/or relationship with children
- Threatening to harm, kill or abduct children
- Using child visitation to harass victim
- Excessive, repeated sleep interruption
- Instilling, or attempting to instill fear through ridiculing or humiliating the victim
- Destroying property
- Threatening to harm self or victim
- Blaming abuse on victim
- Injuring, killing, or threatening to injure or kill pets
- Isolation, keeps victim away from friends, family
Force or attempts to force any sexual activity without consent:
- Rape, sodomy, attacks on sexual parts of the body
- Unprotected sex
- Forces sex with others
- Forced prostitution
- Degrading, sexually explicit behavior toward victim
- Taking/showing sexually explicit film or photos and using them against the victim
Attempts to undermine a person's sexuality:
- Treating partner in a sexually derogatory manner
- Criticizing sexual performance and desirability
- Accusations of infidelity
- Withholding sex