Overcome Your Crisis
IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1
Do you need help?
Remember, you are not alone and you don't have to deal with this on your own. Abuse is not your fault and it is against the law.
Many individuals who are in crisis lack the knowledge or resources to effectively deal with the negative situations that they encounter on a daily basis.
Young Starr MOVEMENT, in New York, NY, does its best to help victims overcome their problems by providing coping solutions and life skills training. We want to get them back on their feet and start rebuilding their lives.
New York State Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline (Multi-Language Accessibility): 1-800-942-6906
National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
National Deaf Hotline Videophone 9am-5pm/M-F: 1-855-812-1001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Common Victims of Domestic Violence
The issues we target are not limited to any single demographic or economic segment. However, it is the women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups who are particularly more endangered.
Statistics Show That
Mortality rates, unemployment, victims of criminal activity, school failure, poor health, high obesity, and other negative indicators are alarmingly high in these populations.
Nearly two thirds of female victims of violence reported that they knew their attackers. Four million women are abused by their husbands or live-in partners each year. Females also account for 84% of victims treated at hospitals for injuries inflicted by intimate significant others.
Each year medical related expenses for domestic related violence totals $3.5 billion and businesses forfeit another $100 million in lost wages, absenteeism, sick leave, and productivity losses.
Positive Acts Can Create a Turning Point
Clearly the impact of domestic violence goes beyond the victims and their home; it affects all of us. It is a sociological fact that we all survive on some sort of familial or community support system. Anyone who positively reaches out or serves as a role model in the life of someone in crisis can make a dramatic difference. People must have the opportunity to be exposed to both problems and coping solutions. They need to see, hear, and meet people that have made their way out and experienced success.
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
|Stranger Violence||Domestic Violence|
|Single Event||Multiple Events|
|Limited Time Period||Occurs over Time|
|Single Intensity Level||Differing/Accelerating Levels of Intensity|
|Identifiable/Distinguishable Motives||Obscure Motives|
|Often Random||Never Random|
|No Prior Relation with Victim||Some Type of Relationship
(marital, familial or romantic)
|No Children in Common||Often Children (support, custody, visitation, emotional issues)|
|No Economic Ties||Economic Interdependence|
|Socially Condemned||Socially Minimized and Condoned|
|Offenders are Blamed||Victims are Blamed|
|Next Victim Unknown||Next Victim Known|
|Uncertain and Variable Rate of Recidivism||High Rate of Recidivism|
|No Post-Crime Contact with Victim||On-going Contact with Victim|
"Not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance. It's amazing that what you can accomplish when you let go of or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships.
Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention. Which ones lift and which ones lean? Which ones encourage and which ones discourage? Which ones are on the path of growth and uphill and which ones are going downhill. When you leave certain people, do you feel better or worse? Which ones always have drama or don't really understand, know or appreciate you? The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you...the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your life."
- Susan L. Taylor : "In the Spirit"