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Domestic Violence: Finding Safety and Support

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Gang Member Involvement

If your abusive partner is involved with a gang and you are afraid of what will happen if you call for help, a domestic violence program can offer confidential assistance and can help you explore options that won’t put you or others at greater risk. Gangs often have a large network of members that could threaten you or anyone you know. It is critical, in order to plan for your safety, that you tell your domestic violence advocate that your partner is in a gang -- even if your partner has made you do things that are against the law and is now using that against you. If you have been tattooed by your partner, or another member of the gang, there may be a service available to remove the tattoo free of charge. Ask your domestic violence advocate or contact the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.