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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.  Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

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Abandoned Infant Protection Act

New York State’s Abandoned Infant Protection Act allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby up to 30 days of age anonymously and without fear of prosecution -- if the baby is abandoned in a safe manner.

parent is not guilty of a crime if the infant is left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location and the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person of the infant’s location.  A hospital, staffed police or fire station are examples of safe and suitable choices.

A person leaving an infant under this law is not required to give his or her name.

Click here to listen to an audio message about Abandoned Infant Protection Act Listen to audio.

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Bravehearts - Motivating Others through Voices of Experiences (M.O.V.E.) NY

The mission of the Bravehearts is to empower young adults touched by the child welfare system to become active and authentic leaders in their own lives as they transition into adulthood.

Located in Westchester County, Bravehearts M.O.V.E. New York is the chapter-lead for the state and an authentic youth-led non-profit. They work to improve services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education and child welfare.

A Braveheart is any young adult, aged 14-26 who has overcome adversity, persevered through difficult times and come out as a stronger and wiser version of themselves.

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Child Abuse & Maltreatment Hotline - Child Protective Services (CPS)

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services maintains a Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR) for reports of child abuse or maltreatment made pursuant to the Social Services Law.

The Statewide Central Register, also known as the "Hotline,” receives telephone calls alleging child abuse or maltreatment within New York State. The Statewide Central Register relays information from the calls to the local Child Protective Service for investigation, monitors their prompt response, and identifies if there are prior child abuse or maltreatment reports.

The Hotline receives calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week from two sources: persons who are required by law, or mandated, to report suspected cases of child abuse and maltreatment; and calls from non-mandated reporters, including the public.

Among those who are mandated to make reports are:

  • medical and hospital personnel
  • school officials
  • social service workers
  • child care workers
  • residential care workers and volunteers
  • law enforcement personnel

*This list is not all inclusive.

Do You Suspect Abuse or Maltreatment?
Report it Now!

Call this Statewide Toll Free Telephone Number:
1-800-342-3720

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call TDD/TTY at
1-800-638-5163
or have your Video Relay System provider call
1-800-342-3720


If you believe that a child is in immediate danger,
call 911 or your local police department.

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Dating Abuse

Dating abuse is a real problem for teens. Visit the Respect Love, Love Respect website to learn about dating abuse, how to stay safe, and things you can do if you are in an unsafe relationship. Take the Healthy Relationships quiz to learn if your relationship is a healthy one.

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Education and Child Abuse and Neglect

This website provides a guide for mandated reporters in New York State; information on educational neglect; information on a Child Abuse and Maltreatment Workshop; information on child abuse in an educational setting; and a form to report child abuse in an educational setting.

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Emergency Resource Guide - DSS

This Emergency Resource Guide provides descriptions of the many services offered by the County Department of Social Services, as well as 24 Hour emergency resource information. Although this guide was developed by Albany County, it contains mostly statewide emergency resource information.

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endABUSE of People with Disabilities

endAbuse of People with Disabilities is a new website that provides a repository of accurate and reliable resources about the abuse of people with disabilities. Users can access multi-media content that offers information about the forms of abuse, targets of abuse, peer-to-peer support, and advocacy.  Additionally, those in need have the ability to get immediate assistance from the "Get Help Now" section which includes a "quick escape" browsing option. 

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Healthy Families New York Home Visiting Program

The Healthy Families New York (HFNY) Home Visiting Program offers home-based services to expectant families and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child. Participants are screened to identify risk factors and stressors that the family may face. Families who participate in the program are offered long-term in-home services until the child is in school or Head Start.

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New York Enough Abuse Campaign

The New York Partnership for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention (NYPCSAP) is a public/private collaborative whose mission is to prevent child sexual abuse by engaging adults and communities in New York State in effective prevention efforts that address the root causes of abuse. NYPCSAP believes that children deserve a life free from sexual abuse and violence.

The Partnership has adopted the Enough Abuse Campaign, an evidence-based comprehensive public education and citizen mobilization effort to prevent child sexual abuse.

This website includes a calendar of trainings and workshops that are available in New York State.

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NYC Domestic Violence Hotline

The New York City Domestic Violence Hotline can provide you with information on domestic violence resources in your community.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council