Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Governor Cuomo recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York State. In addition to going purple on October 22 this DVAM, we will also be amplifying voices of survivors. Check out our digital toolkit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for campaign updates. If you or someone you know is a survivor and would like to be a part of our Survivor Stories campaign or Survivor Listening Sessions, please email for more information. If your agency is interested in a DV 101 training, please email

If you are unsafe at home…

Reach out to an advocate any time, day or night.

Chat, text and calls are secure and private.

Our chat service is:

  • NOT a public chat room and completely confidential
  • Secure and private
  • Staffed by professionals who can help
  • Available 7 days/week, 24 hours per day

We’re here for you. Click below to “Chat” or “Search” for local resources



TEXT us at 844.997.2121

CALL us at 800.942.6906

For Your Safety:

  • Call 911 if you are in immediate danger and the police will respond.
  • Seek treatment at a hospital emergency department if needed. Hospitals are open and a safe place to go for medical care.
  • Add NYS resource info (above) under a fake contact name to avoid suspicion.
  • Create a code word for friends and family that will tell them you need help.
  • Know the areas in your home with a lock on the door.
  • Prepare a go-bag with important documents, medication and extra clothing.
  • Tell your family and friends where you will flee if you need to leave urgently.
  • Talk with your children about safety so they have a sense of acceptable situations.
  • Advocates are available to help you days, evenings and weekends.

Be an Ally:

  • Listen without judgment.
  • Support their decisions – they made their choices for a reason.
  • Remind them that it's not their fault – there is no excuse for abuse.
  • Let them know all services are still up and running – 911, shelters, healthcare
  • Refer them to the services above – text, chat or call an advocate.
  • Help them brainstorm other places they can stay.
  • Remind them that they are not alone.
  • Build on their strengths – they've survived.
  • Talk about their options.
  • Ask how you can help and what they need.
  • Don't tell them what to do. It’s time they have control over their own life.

New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906
English & español/Multi-language Accessibility. Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 711

New York State's Teen Dating Abuse Website

Afraid? Isolated? Confused? You are not alone.

OPDV Bulletin

We have made a change to the OPDV Bulletins page. In addition to locating Bulletin issues by year, you can now search them by subject as well.

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