A PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR USED BY AN INDIVIDUAL TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN POWER AND CONTROL OVER THEIR INTIMATE PARTNER.
The behavior includes abusive tactics, threats and actions that may or may not rise to the level of criminal behavior. The tactics may include physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone. It looks different in every relationship and no one experiences it in the same way. Although it may look different, there is always an underlying theme of control. When one person tries to control their intimate partner, that isn’t love, it’s abuse.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used by an individual to establish and maintain power and control over their intimate partner. The behavior includes abusive tactics, threats and actions that may or may not rise to the level of criminal behavior. The tactics may include physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse. Click HERE to see a list of behaviors and tactics.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS ALONE
Getting help from someone who has experience working within different systems can make things easier for you. An advocate is there to help empower and discuss options, not make decisions for you. You are the expert in your own life and the only one who knows what is right and safe for you.
Domestic violence and sexual assault service providers may offer: 24-hour hotlines, legal advocacy, counseling, emotional support, information and referral services, transitional housing, emergency shelter and assistance with appointments to court or the hospital for a forensic rape exam.
Advocates understand the different systems you may interact with: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Family Court, Social Services, Healthcare and Community Resources.
Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc. provides confidential services, at no charge, for individuals, children, and families who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking in Ontario, Seneca, and Yates Counties.
Safe Harbors offers individual counseling, support groups, legal accompaniment, and personal advocacy with referrals to other local agencies; We provide primary prevention services in schools, professional agencies, and in the communities we serve.
If you are in crisis and cannot reach anyone at the office call the hotline day or night at (800) 247-7273 or visit there website by clicking here for more information.
You can also contact the NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline: call 800.942.6906, text 844.997.2121 or click HERE to chat live. All conversations are confidential, secure and available 24/7.
Seneca County also has domestic violence services available 24/7. Visit the Seneca County services website by clicking HERE.
Domestic Violence Victim Rights Notice
Law enforcement is statutorily required to provide English and non-English speaking victims with a copy of the DIR Domestic Violence Victim Rights Notice in the victim’s native language when identified.
- English Victim Rights Notice
- Spanish Victim Rights Notice: Aviso de los derechos de la víctima de violencia doméstica
- Haitian Creole Victim Rights Notice: Avi konsènan Dwa Moun ki Viktim nan Vyolans nan Kay
- Bengali Victim Rights Notice: বাংলা ভিকটিম রাইটস নোটিশ
- Korean Victim Rights Notice: 가정폭력 피해자 권리 고지
- Russian Victim Rights Notice: Уведомление о правах жертв домашнего насилия
- Simplified Chinese Victim Rights Notice: 家庭暴力受害者权利通知
- Arabic Victim Rights Notice: إشعار حقوق الضحايا
- Yiddish Victim Rights Notice: וויקטים רעכטן מעלדונג
- Italian Victim Rights Notice: Avviso sui diritti delle vittime
- Polish Victim Rights Notice: Powiadomienie o prawach ofiary
Obtaining an Order of Protection
An order of protection is issued by the court to limit the behavior of someone who harms or threatens to harm another person. It is used to address various types of safety issues, including, but not limited to situations involving domestic violence. Family Courts, criminal courts, and Supreme Courts can all issue orders of protection. For additional information on what an order of protection is and how to obtain one CLICK HERE.