Resources for Survivors

Need Help?

NYSCASA is not a 24-hour service provider and does not provide crisis services. If you are in need of assistance in New York, call on experienced and caring professionals in your community.

Call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence for 24/7, free, and confidential support: 1-800-942-6906. You’ll be routed to a local rape crisis center in your area.

You can also directly contact your local rape crisis center. Click here to locate your county’s rape crisis center.

Text or chat with a professional at the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. New Yorkers seeking help can text 1-844-997-2121 or chat on OPDV’s new confidential website at www.opdv.ny.gov.

Find Culturally Specific Support

Find culturally specific sexual and domestic violence support services:

  • Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander survivors can contact the following organizations for support:
    • Arab-American Family Support Center (Brooklyn, NY) – Call 1-800-980-6114 or visit www.aafscny.org
    • Domestic Harmony Foundation (Syosset, NY) – Call 1-516-385-8292 or visit www.dlhfny.org
    • Garden of Hope (Flushing, NY) – Call 1-877-990-8595 or visit www.gohny.org
    • International Institute of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY) – Call 1-716-222-3890 or visit www.iibuffalo.org
    • Korean American Family Service Center (Flushing, NY) – Call 1-718-460-3800 or visit www.kafsc.org
    • Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (Utica, NY) – Call 1-315-738-1083 or visit www.thecenterutica.org
    • Saathi of Rochester (East Rochester, NY) – Call 1-585-234-1050 or visit www.saathiofrochester.org
    • Sakhi for South Asian Women (New York, NY) – Call 1-212-868-6741, text 1-305-204-1809, or visit www.sakhi.org
    • Sanctuary for Families (New York, NY) – Call 1-212-349-6009 or visit www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org
    • Turning Point for Women and Families (Flushing, NY) – Call 1-718-262-8722 or 718-262-8744 or visit www.tpny.org
    • Womankind (New York, NY) – Call 1-888-888-7702 or visit www.iamwomankind.org
  • Black survivors can contact Black Women’s Blueprint: 1-646-647-5414
  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing survivors can contact IGNITE: DeafIGNITE@gmail.com or 1-585-286-2713
  • Latina/o, Latinx. and Spanish-speaking survivors can contact Casa de Esperanza: 1-651-772-1611
  • LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors can contact the Anti-Violence Project: 1-212-714-1141
  • Native survivors can contact the StrongHearts Native Helpline by calling 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483), or Seven Dancers Coalition: sevendancerscoalition.com/resources-in-nys
  • Transgender and gender non-conforming survivors can contact the Trans Lifeline Peer Support Hotline: 1-877-565-8860
  • Survivors whose primary language is not English can call Womankind’s 24-hour multilingual helpline: 1-888-888-7702

Your Local Rape Crisis Program

NYSCASA’s member rape crisis programs provide free, confidential services including: 24/7 emergency hotline; crisis intervention; individual counseling; support groups; advocacy and accompaniment through medical, law enforcement, and court systems; information and referral.

NYSCASA’s member rape crisis programs provide free, confidential services including: 24/7 emergency hotline; crisis intervention and ongoing support; individual counseling; support groups; advocacy and accompaniment through medical, law enforcement, and court systems; information and referrals; and community awareness, outreach, and prevention activities.

Most crisis hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please, don’t hesitate to call if you need help. Click here to locate your county’s rape crisis center.

A victim advocate at your local rape crisis program can provide you with information about your right to a sexual assault forensic exam and can meet you at the hospital to provide you with support if you decide you want the exam.

A victim advocate at your local rape crisis program can also accompany you if you wish to report the crime to law enforcement. A victim advocate’s support generally helps a victim/survivor navigate various systems, experience less trauma in those systems, and obtain better outcomes.

A victim advocate at your local rape crisis program can tell you about your federal, state, and local rights.

Sexual Assault Victims' Rights

Medical Exams/Sexual Assault Forensic Exams

If you have been sexually assaulted or abused, you have the option to go to the hospital for medical care and/or complete a “sexual assault forensic exam” or “evidence collection kit.” Seeking medical attention can uncover physical harm done that may not be evident, and an exam can also help prevent sexually transmitted infections or unintended pregnancy.

Every hospital in New York State is required to provide medical care to patients of sexual assault in the emergency department.

Know your rights as a survivor/victim of sexual assault.

  • You can have an advocate from a local rape crisis program stay with you during any portion of the exam, if you wish.
  • You can have an exam in any hospital emergency department to collect evidence and provide certain medical care related to the sexual assault at no cost to you. If you do not have health insurance, or you decline to use your health insurance, you can ask the hospital to bill the Office of Victim Services.
  • You can obtain medicine to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections for free. For HIV prevention, a 7-day pack of medicine (HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP) can be started at the hospital. (Survivors who are under 18 years of age can obtain the full 28-day supply of HIV PEP at the hospital.)
  • You will be provided information on appropriate follow-up medical care.
  • You can choose to report to the police or not. You are not required to report to law enforcement in order to receive medical care.
  • Resource: New York State Sexual Assault Victim Bill of Rights

Child Victims Act

On Monday February 14, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law. Click here to access the Child Victims Act Resource Guide created by NYSCASA and the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault.

Additional Resources:

Legal Information and Resources

This information is not presented as a source of legal advice. To learn more about legal advocacy services available to you or to obtain a legal referral, please contact your local rape crisis program or call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence at 1-800-942-6906.

Campus Sexual Assault

Enough Is Enough: Combating Sexual Assault on College Campuses

On July 7, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law “Enough Is Enough,” which requires all colleges to adopt a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines, including a Students’ Bill of Rights, a uniform definition of affirmative consent, a statewide drug/alcohol amnesty policy, and expanded access to law enforcement.

SUNY Sexual Assault & Violence Response (SAVR)

The Sexual Assault & Violence Response (SUNY SAVR) Resources Website provides SUNY students with information you can use to seek resources and support, and to report sexual violence to law enforcement and the campus, if you wish. Click here to learn more.

Know Your IX

Founded in 2013, Know Your IX is a survivor- and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools.

End Rape on Campus

End Rape on Campus (EROC) works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.

Safety Planning Information and Resources

Safety Planning

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that can help you navigate dangerous situations and consider ways to react when you or someone you know is in danger. Information about safety planning is often geared towards people experiencing sexual violence, intimate partner violence, or gender-based violence, but anyone can create a safety plan. Safety plans come in all shapes and sizes, and they should be unique to the survivor’s needs in the moment (loveisrespect.org).

Here are some resources we’ve found that may be helpful for you in creating a safety plan for you or someone you know:

 

Internet Safety Tips 

Relationship and sexual abuse behaviors can manifest in many ways, and that includes tracking online history and whereabouts. It’s important for everyone, including survivors of relationship and sexual abuse, to know your options and ensure your safety online. Wellspring, one of NYSCASA’s member rape crisis programs, created a list of internet safety tips for survivors: www.wellspringcares.org/2021/03/24/internet-safety-tips-for-survivors

Technology Safety & Privacy Toolkit

This resource, created by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, contains safety tips, information, and privacy strategies for survivors on the use of technology: https://www.techsafety.org/resources-survivors

Healing and Resilience Information and Resources

A Toolkit for Survivors During COVID-19

Survivors of sexual assault are experiencing the deep impact of this moment in ways we could never have imagined. Those of us in abusive situations and those who are seeking therapy are struggling to get the support they need. Conditions that were already challenging are now exacerbated, and the needs of sexual assault survivors are being left out of the national dialogue in more ways than one. Click here to access A Toolkit for Survivors During COVID-19, created by the ‘me too.’ Movement.

Who Do I Tell? How Do I Tell? Toolkit

For individuals who have experienced or know someone who has experienced sexual assault, this toolkit provides question prompts and tips for deciding who to disclose to, and how. Click here to access the toolkit, created by the ‘me too.’ Movement.

Coping with Triggers

A “trigger” is a trauma reminder. It can be a feeling, a smell, a place, a topic, anything that engages our nervous system and prompts a survival response. It is a surprise emotion, a memory that our body holds, one that may feel like it comes out of nowhere. Click here to access the Coping with Triggers toolkit, created by the ‘me too.’ Movement.

Healing Justice Practice Spaces Toolkit

This “how-to” guide from Autumn Brown & Maryse Mitchell-Brody explains how to create an intentional healing justice practice space. The authors offer that a Healing Justice Practice Space (HJPS) is an all-gender, all-bodied, inclusive and accessible space for practicing and receiving healing that is built in partnership with social justice movement work and sites of political action. These spaces typically offer a wide variety of health and healing services, including (but not limited to) first aid, counseling and crisis support, mediation services, massage therapy, acupuncture, energy work, herbal therapy, divination, art therapy, nutritional counseling, and yoga. This thoughtful guide walks through the what, the who, and the how so that you might create your own HJPS within your community. Click here to access the toolkit, created by the ‘me too.’ Movement.

Books to Support Healing from Sexual Violence

Healing Honestly recently put together a list of books to support survivors’ healing from sexual violence. NYSCASA has sent some of these books to member rape crisis programs, including Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse, Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement, and Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling GoodCheck out the full book list here.

Human Trafficking Information and Resources

If you are a victim of human trafficking, you may be eligible for services in New York State that will assist with shelter, food, medical care, protection and legal assistance. If you are a victim of human trafficking and an immigrant, you may be eligible for services as well as help from the federal government with adjusting your immigration status. If you are a U.S. citizen, or a child of one, or have a qualifying immigration status, you may be eligible for public assistance benefits and can connect with a Human Trafficking Liaison at your local department of social services.

Anyone who suspects they may be a victim or a witness to human trafficking can call the 24/7 National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, which will help with locating resources within your community. You can also text “HELP” to 233733 (BeFree). All communication with the hotline is strictly confidential.

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance funds providers in New York State that can assist victims and survivors of human trafficking. Click here to find a Response to Human Trafficking Program (RHTP) Provider in your community.

Click here to access information and resources about safety planning for survivors/victims of human trafficking.

Survivor Activism and Organizing Information and Resources

Campus Sexual Violence

Human Trafficking

  • The 6 C’s of Becoming a Survivor Advocate Workbook and Video (International Institute of Buffalo, in partnership with The Survivor Alliance and Freedom Network USA)

 Get Help

If you have been sexually assaulted, call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

1-800-942-6906

 Find Crisis Centers

Search our program directory to find a rape crisis center in your area.

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