Susan B. Anthony
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The National Coalition for Domestic Violence created and observed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1987. Since then, communities around the country have been increasing public consciousness about Domestic Violence and honoring the lives of victims and survivors. This month, we are highlighting several local organizations working to prevent violence and protect victims.
Alternatives for Battered Women
Alternatives for Battered Women exists to enhance the quality of life and empower individuals affected by or at risk of domestic violence. ABW is the only licensed provider in Monroe County of shelter and services for women and children who are affected by domestic violence. Among the many offerings at ABW are
- A 24-hour hotline, providing access to the shelter, information, referrals and counseling.
- A 38-bed emergency shelter for victims and children (both boys and girls, up to age 18). Residents receive safe housing, counseling and education, information, access to multiple support groups, assistance and planning for the family’s future housing needs, and legal information.
- Walk-in counseling. Short-term counseling is available in an emergency.
- Family programs are available for children and their parent residing in the shelter, including counseling (both group and individual), information, referrals, social and recreational activities.
- Transitional Support Services includes our non-residential programs, and include small group counseling sessions, topic-focused groups, open community support groups, and individual counseling.
- Court Advocacy is a collaborative program between ABW and Legal Aid Society of Rochester which provides assistance at the Hall of Justice to victims of domestic violence as they navigate the legal system to pursue an Order of Protection.
- Our Education and Prevention program reaches out to students in middle and high schools and college, to help them learn how to form healthy relationships, and identifying abusive behaviors. This program also provides short-term education in area high schools for students deemed to be high-risk.
- A Speaker’s Bureau that offers individualized presentations to community groups, professionals and others, about domestic violence and agency services.
Alternatives for Battered Women is a founding member of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence; the Rochester/Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium; a member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and a member of the LGBTQ Domestic Violence Service Providers Network.
Safe Journey has served over 2,000 women since its inception in 1998. This non-profit, non-residential facility helps women who have experienced domestic violence and abuse to rebuild their lives. Located in Fairport, New York, Safe Journey offers a number of services to survivors of domestic violence including safety planning, individual counseling, community resource coordination, resettlement support and life skills training. The center also provides teen violence prevention and education services. The mission of Safe Journey is not only to help women survive, but to thrive and move forward in creating a life that is stable and peaceful. Safe Journey staff members travel to various community organizations and youth groups, educating individuals on domestic violence prevention. The organization also provides resources for those trying to help a victim.
Rape Crisis Service
Rape Crisis Service of Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region believes every person should be free from sexual assault and/or sexual harassment. To this end, the program assures personal support and advocacy for survivors and significant others of sexual assault and violence. Rape Crisis Service provides crisis intervention and support services to women, children and men who are survivors of sexual assault and to their families. Trained counselors are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to provide information and support, enabling the client to make informed choices concerning medical, legal and counseling needs, while offering advocacy and information about their rights. Counselors also offer short-term counseling sessions and legal and medical accompaniment. Services are free and confidential. Their regional Rape Crisis program currently serves five counties: Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming. Among the many offerings the service provides are: support through medical exams and treatment, court accompaniment, advocacy and support during interaction with law enforcement, individual consultations with professionals, community education programs and professional training programs. Staff members and trained volunteer counselors support victims in the areas of medical needs, psychological support, police intervention and legal prosecution. Information provided through prevention education and professional training programs increases awareness and improves societal response to sexual violence in the community and creates a society less vulnerable to sexual violence.
Stand Up Guys
Stand Up Guys is a local non-profit, founded in 2005, which seeks to educate men about the issue of gender-based violence. They work to educate men about violence against women and children while promoting community safety, justice, and equality. They hold events at schools and organizations throughout the community in order to spread their mission and share prevention techniques and information. Stand Up Guys recognizes that the majority of perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual abuse are men, and that only women tend to work towards ending domestic violence. Stand Up Guys believes in men standing up and speaking out about domestic violence as, not a women’s issue, but a community issue. They aim to engage well intended, non-abusing men in the dialogue which will help to end the vicious cycle of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Family Service Rochester
Family Service Rochester was founded in 1965 as a nonprofit organization with a staff of three and the mission to support and enhance the dignity and quality of life for individuals and families in our community. For the past 15 years, Family Service Rochester has sharpened its focus to working with families with serious child welfare and/or family violence concerns. Major service expansions have been in the areas of child maltreatment, child welfare, children’s mental health, domestic violence and providing our services to ethnically diverse populations in our community. Family Service Rochester provides domestic violence support groups for men, women and children. Today the agency provides more than 30 programs to meet ever-changing community needs. Our staff of over 85 provides a wide range of human services that educate, strengthen, support, protect and empower individuals and families in our community.