Did You Know?

One in ten teenagers in New York City schools reports experiencing physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship within the past year.*

In a 2005 study of incoming freshmen at a New York City public college, more than 50% of students indicated that a close peer was involved in a violent relationship in the past year.*

Pursuing a protective order reduces the likelihood of a physical attack by 80%.*

We Know and Here's What We're Doing About It.

Striving to prevent domestic violence before it starts, Day One trains youth and adults about dating abuse and the law. Since 2003, Day One has educated more than 30,000 youth about how to identify and maintain healthy relationships, obtain legal protection when necessary and assist others experiencing abuse. More than 6,000 professionals have been trained to identify relationship abuse among youth and to provide supportive, nonjudgmental guidance to teens.

Everything is so different now that Day One is involved. I feel like I can go through with the court proceedings now.
— Jackie, 19, Legal Services Client

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 toresources related to intimate partner violence.

If you'd like to refer a young person for legal or social services, please download and complete our client referral form.

For more information...

If you need help, you can call our confidential Helpline at 800.214.4150 or text (646) 535-DAY1 (3291).

If you have a question for an attorney, email attorney@dayoneny.org. To reach the senior staff social worker, email nrentas@dayoneny.org.

Please make sure to use a safe computer and email account or phone to contact us.