Advocacy Services

If you are a victim of violence, abuse, rape/sexual assault or human trafficking, VIBS can help…

VIBS’ advocates help victims navigate through the criminal justice system, social services and other resources available for survivors’ safety and well-being.  Help is available by phone or in person. Whether in Family, District or Supreme Court,  advocates are trained and experienced in helping victims through the process.

Advocates can provide:

  • Information about obtaining orders legalof protection, victims’ rights and options and other resources available
  • Help communicating with the Police or the District Attorney’s office
  • Crisis intervention
  • Safety planning techniques when residing with, and after leaving, an abusive relationship
  • Accompaniment to District Court, Family Court or Supreme Court; including the specialized Domestic Violence courtrooms
  • Information, referrals and help obtaining social services — including transportation, food, shelter, immigration assistance
  • Assistance with victim compensation applications and services
  • Referrals to other VIBS programs — including counseling or legal services
  • Elder abuse advocacy for those over age 60 who experience abuse
  • Spanish/English bilingual services
  • Services for deaf and hearing-impaired clients — sign language interpretation, TDD available

    Contact VIBS at (631) 360-3730 or call the 24/7 Crisis Hotline at (631) 360-3606