Organizations EMPOWER works with:

Sanctuary for families 

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Sanctuary for Families is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, they empower thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a range of comprehensive services and advocacy.

To request counseling, shelter, and all other services, please call 1.212.349.6009 x221. The helpline operates Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm. At all other times you may leave a voicemail message.

To request legal services, please call 1.212.349.6009 x246 and leave a voicemail message.

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The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization dedicated to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers since 1876. The Society handles 300,000 individual cases and matters annually and provides a comprehensive range of legal services in three areas: the Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices. It is dedicated to one simple but powerful belief: no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty. 

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Founded as a public/private partnership between the New York State Unified Court System and the Fund for the City of New York, the Center creates operating programs to test new ideas and solve problems, performs original research to determine what works (and what doesn't), and provides expert assistance to justice reformers around the world. Projects include community-based violence prevention projects, alternatives to incarceration, reentry initiatives, and court-based programs that reduce the use of unnecessary incarceration.

 New York Location: 520 8th Ave 18th Floor, New York, NY 10018 I Phone: 646.386.3100

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Safe Horizon is a victim assistance nonprofit that has been standing with victims of violence and abuse in New York City since 1978. They provide assistance, advocacy and support to victims who have experienced domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, youth homelessness and other crimes.

Their three 24-hour hotlines operate seven days a week, 365 days a year. Advocates are standing by to help you.

  • For help with domestic violence, please call our domestic violence hotline: 800-621–HOPE (4673).

  • For help with all crimes, including support for family members of homicide victims, please call: 866-689-HELP (4357).

  • For help with rape and sexual assault, please call: 212-227-3000. Or, call either NYC’s 311 or 911 for emergencies.

  • TDD machine for hearing impaired clients for all hotlines: 866-604-5350.

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Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. Collectively, Womankind strives towards reducing inequality and inequity in our society—the underpinnings of violence. But, there is still a ways to go. They bring critical resources and deep cultural competency to help Asian communities find refuge, recovery and renewal.

Call Womankind's multilingual helpline: 1-888-888-7702. It's free and confidential.

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The Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) was founded in 1984 as the Rape Crisis Intervention Program (RCIP). From SAVI's inception, we recognized how paramount it was to provide free services that address the needs of survivors—especially women and girls—with limited resources or limited access to them. Through this input and the recognition of the changing needs of survivors, the mission of SAVI has become threefold:

  1. To meet the needs of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence survivors by offering immediate crisis intervention in hospital emergency rooms

  2. To follow up with psychotherapy, counseling and information for both survivors and their families and friends

  3. To educate the public and professionals regarding services and issues of sexual and domestic violence

Contact info: Manhattan- Phone: 212-423-2140 Fax: 212-423-1021 I Queens- Phone: 718-736-1288

Address: One Gustave L. Levy PlaceBox 1670, New York, NY 10029

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The Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture’s mission is to assist individuals and families subjected to torture and other human rights abuses to rebuild healthy, self-sufficient lives, and to contribute to global efforts to end torture. Since its inception in 1995, the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture has cared for more than 4,400 men, women and children from over 100 countries. The Program for Survivors of Torture provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care addressing the medical, mental health, and social service needs of torture survivors and their families residing in the New York metropolitan area. The Program brings together clinical and academic resources from Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the United States, and New York University School of Medicine, a highly respected teaching institution at the center of New York's vibrant academic community.

Address: Bellevue Hospital Center 462 First Avenue, CD732, New York, NY 10016 I Phone: 646.386.3100