March is Women’s History Month
On average, 1 in 3 women in the United States will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
VIBS serves thousands of women and their families each year through counseling, advocacy and legal services.
If you are in need of support, call our 24/7 free confidential hotline: 631-360-3606.
VIBS Statement on VOCA Decision
Despite strong efforts by VIBS, other organizations and activists, members of Congress recently decided to cut the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) by $500 million for FY’21 and did not include a provision to prevent additional cuts in the future. This is on top of a $860 million cut the year prior. VIBS relies heavily on VOCA, as it helps us to continue to provide free and confidential counseling, legal assistance, forensic exams, advocacy and other much-needed services for survivors and their families.
To all VIBS staff, community supporters and friends who have joined us this month in our efforts to prevent the cuts from happening, thank you for standing beside us. We will continue to ask for your support with future campaigns and will provide tools and resources on reaching out to your Congressional representatives and for spreading the word on social media. Reina Schiffrin, VIBS Executive Director stated, “We will continue to call upon our Representatives to join us in prioritizing the VOCA fix at the beginning of the 117th Congress.”
We appreciate that Congress has provided some assistance to survivors during this very difficult year, but it is not enough. Survivors are experiencing unique challenges during this pandemic and require monetary aid to get the support that they deserve.
DONATE NEW ITEMS TO HELP SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
To learn more about items needed, view our Amazon wish list.
In addition, shop smile.amazon.com and select “Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, Inc.” and Amazon will donate a portion of your sales to VIBS at no cost to you.
VIBS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Public Charity, Tax ID: 11-2411984
Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, Inc. is a registered 501c3 and files annual financial reports with the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. A copy of the latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the organization VIBS or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau located at 28 Liberty Street, 15th Floor, New York, New York 10005.