For shelter in Erie County, call 716-884-6000
Child and Family Services, Inc. – Haven House 716-862-4357. Provides both residential and non-residential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.
Crisis Services 716-834-3131. Provides non-residential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.
Erie County District Attorney’s Office – Domestic Violence Bureau 716-858-4630. Provides non-residential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.
Erie County Sheriff’s Office DV Hotline 716-667-5259. Provides non-residential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.
Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. – 716-558-7233. Provides non-residential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.
Hispanos Unidos de Buffalo, Inc. – 716-481-8867. Provides non-residential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.
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The passage of Governor Cuomo’s Domestic Violence Omnibus Bill in 2012 enhanced the State’s protections of domestic violence victims by:
- Enhancing services and resources to victims, including a program that maintains the confidentiality of victims' residential information.
- Elevating to felonies certain misdemeanors committed against a family member if the offenses were committed by an individual with a prior conviction, within the past five years, of an enumerated offense against a family member.
- Requiring judges to consider the history of use and possession of firearms when determining bail or release of defendant charged with a domestic violence offense.
- Establishing a statewide-level fatality review team to review and make recommendations concerning domestic violence-related deaths and near deaths.
Find out more about Governor Cuomo's Domestic Violence legislation at:
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- In Erie County in 2012, more than 12,000 incidents of domestic violence were reported to law enforcement.
- The Justice Department reports that, on average, four to five women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day in the United States.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will be abused by their intimate partner in their lifetime.
- Victims will attempt to leave four to seven times before they succeed.
- Over 1.75 million workdays has been loss as a result of domestic violence each year.
- There are 16,800 homicides and 2.2 million medically treated injuries due to intimate partner violence which has costs totally $37 billion dollars annually.
- Intimate partner homicides account for roughly 50% of women killed each year.
- Women are 3.5 times more likely than men to be killed by an intimate partner.
- Women who have been threatened or assaulted with a firearm are 20 times more likely to be murdered than other victims.
- The risk of homicides in the home is drastically increased when firearms exist in the home.
- In 2011, 30% of intimate partner homicides in Long Island and Upstate New York were caused by firearms. In 2010, 46% of such homicides were caused by firearms.
- In 2005, nearly 15% of the rejected firearm transfer or permit applications were based on the applicant having been convicted of a domestic violence offense or being subject to a restraining order.
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