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. VIBS helps over 6,000 victims of violence each year and trains over 10,000 participants in how to recognize, prevent and respond to family violence and sexual assault.