WE ARE HERE FOR YOU:
As families around the world are quarantined due to the Coronavirus pandemic, incidents of domestic violence have been on the rise. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office wants you to know that if you are experiencing domestic violence, you are not alone. We are here for you.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office‘s prosecutors & victims advocates are still here, working to help and protect you every day. We can assist you in obtaining Orders of Protection and can help you navigate the criminal justice system. If you are in need of help, please call the Domestic Violence Unit at (631) 853-4138.
IF YOU ARE IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION:
Call 911 immediately. If you are in danger and cannot make a voice call, you can text a brief description of your emergency and your location to the number “911.” Your message will be routed to an emergency call center.
EXISTING ORDERS OF PROTECTION ARE STILL IN PLACE:
Existing Orders of Protection set to expire on or after March 19, 2020 have been automatically extended by the Court until the next court date. If you are a party to an Order of Protection and need more information, contact the Domestic Violence Unit at (631) 853-4138.
More information can also be found on the Suffolk County Family Court website: http://ww2.nycourts.gov/courts/10jd/suffolk/family.shtml
ASSISTANCE & SAFE SHELTER IS AVAILABLE:
There are a number of organizations in Suffolk County available to help survivors of domestic violence. Advocates are available 24/7 to talk to anyone who is experiencing domestic violence, looking for information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. They may also be able to assist you in finding shelter to keep you safe during the health crisis. These organizations can assist victims in filing a petition in court, seeing a judge, and obtaining an Order of Protection, which can be done remotely via telephone or video conference:
Brighter Tomorrows: (631) 395-1800
Crime Victims Center: (631) 689-2672
LI Against Domestic Violence: (631) 666-8833
The Retreat: (631) 329-2200
Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS): (631) 360-3606
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