Everything is so different now that Day One is involved. I feel like I can go through with the court proceedings now.
I often thought of leaving him, but didn't know where to turn. When he forced me to have sex in front of our daughter, and threatened to kill me if I ever left him, something inside me just told me to run. Day One helped me and my daughter find a domestic violence shelter and get an order of protection. I'm still scared, but now I know that help is available.
He hit me so hard that I blanked out, but still managed to hold on to our two-year old daughter without letting her fall. That's when I knew I needed help. Day One helped me to get a final order of protection, full custody of my child and child support. I didn't think that I'd ever be in control of my own life. I feel as if I have a second chance.
Thank you for your unconditional support. It was very hard confronting him but you made it much easier for me. Thank you for helping me feel safe again.
Day One's Direct Services Program provides free and confidential counseling, case management as well as legal advice, information and direct representation to young people aged 24 and under related to dating abuse. Day One offers its direct services in both English and Spanish. We now provide additional services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender non-conforming, queer and questioning youth who are struggling with intimate partner abuse.
Day One's social services program assists clients affected by dating abuse:
- individual counseling
- group counseling sessions
- LGBTQ survivors support group
- case management services for clients in need of housing, shelter, public benefits or advocacy in an educational setting
- accompaniment to police precincts to file criminal reports
Day One's legal services program assists clients affected by dating abuse by providing the following services:
- assistance filing for and obtaining Orders of Protection
- full representation at Family Court hearings for orders of protection, paternity, custody, visitation and child support
- filing for domestic violence-based immigration relief such as VAWA petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers and U Visas
- advocacy and support navigating the criminal justice system with the goal of obtaining an Order of Protection
- advocacy in an educational setting, such as assistance in obtaining a school safety transfer
- advocacy and representation in administrative proceedings for public assistance, housing and other benefits
- assistance with emancipation for young adults in need of public benefits and/or shelter due to intimate partner abuse
We also conduct policy advocacy to expand young people's eligibility for and access to resources related to intimate partner violence.
If you'd like to refer a young person for legal or social services, please click here to download our client referral form.
For more information...
- Click here to download a flier about all of direct services.
- Click here to download a flier for service providers about our new LGBTQ services.
- Click here to download a flier for youth about our new LGBTQ services.
If you need help, you can call our confidential Helpline at 800.214.4150 or text (646) 535-DAY1 (3291). If you'd like to access our new online chat, please click here. If you have a question for an attorney, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To reach the social worker, email email@example.com. Please make sure to use a safe computer and email account or phone to contact us.