Established in 1976, Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) has been a pioneer in the domestic violence and rape crisis movements.
Our mission is to assist the survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault; to prevent the incidence of these crimes through education and services; and to raise community awareness of the need for justice and compassion for victims.
Because we envision a community free of all forms of abuse, we advocate for societal changes that will eliminate or ddecrease domestic and sexual violence.
PEOPLE WHO CARE:
A diverse collection of dedicated individuals work to fulfill VIBS’ mission. Volunteers are the backbone of the agency, providing leadership on the Board of Directors; support and networking on the Resource Council; and direct services as Rape Crisis Counselors, Speakers Bureau, and child care volunteers.
In 2016, VIBS became an affiliate of IGHL to further our work with people with developmental disabilities. IGHL is recognized as a leader in providing services for people with developmental disabilities. They operate close to 40 homes, multiple day programs and many other supportive programs. This affiliation has forged a new road for the future, using expertise of both agencies to help more victims of violence in the future.
A caring and knowledgeable staff of over 40 individuals provide hotline intervention, counseling, advocacy, court accompaniment, outreach, and community education. VIBS’ employees have distinguished themselves in service, public advocacy and leadership and have received numerous awards and honors for their work.
DECADES OF CHANGE:
Since 1976, VIBS has touched the lives of thousands of people. In 1974, when VIBS was just an idea, no one imagined that there was so much abuse in suburban Long Island. When in 1976 VIBS held a press conference to announce the grand opening of the center, few people understood the scope and complexity of intimate violence. What the founders did understand was that abused women were calling the new hotline in droves, and that the program needed to grow. Compelled by mission and guided by experience, VIBS has pioneered innovative and effective programs to address domestic violence and sexual assault.
To see VIBS most recent IRS 990 report: www.Guidestar.com