Though every situation is different, here are some basic steps you should follow if you are victimized:
- If you are in danger, call 911 immediately.
- If you are injured, or think you might be, get medical attention as soon as possible.
- Document the incident. Ask someone to photograph your injuries and write down as many details as you can. If you receive harassing notes via e-mail, instant messages or messages on your answering machine, save them. If someone is harassing you via phone, keep a log of the calls.
- If the harassment or violence is ongoing, talk to someone you trust about what’s happening. A friend, relative, co-worker, clergyperson or counselor can give you guidance, feedback and help finding a solution that will work best for you. Consider reporting threats or acts of violence to the police. Most police departments – including those in Nassau and Suffolk – have dedicated units with specially trained officers who can handle your case with sensitivity and professionalism.
- Psychological reactions to victimization are common and can take many different forms. You may feel scared, worried, helpless, angry or depressed. Though violence is solely the responsibility and choice of the perpetrator, it’s easy to second-guess and blame yourself. Successfully making the transition from victim to survivor might mean getting counseling or joining a support group, both of which, we can help you find.
- If you have uncovered medical expenses, have lost time from work or suffered some other financial loss due to a crime, you may be eligible for help from the NYS Crime Victims Compensation Board.
We help victims become survivors
BiasHELP recognizes and understands the far-ranging impact of discrimination, harassment and violence on victims, their families and the surrounding community. As such, we are committed to the ongoing development of culturally competent support services designed to repair the physical and emotional harm inflicted on victims and those around them. Our free and confidential services are designed to support and empower victims, arming them with the information and emotional tools necessary to transition them from victim to survivor.
Here's how we help:
- Sometimes you just can’t seem to get the right information or the right kind of help. Through our confidential hotline or a one-on-one consultation, we can point you in the right direction with our comprehensive information, referral database and linkages with other agencies.
- Crime victims often experience a wide range of emotions; fear, anger, distrust and depression are common. Talking about it helps and BiasHELP’s hotline counselors can help you come up with a plan to move on with your life and connect you with qualified, competent mental health professionals and agencies in your community.
- Reporting a hate crime or act of discrimination can be a scary thing. BiasHELP’s staff can walk you through the process, advocate on your behalf with law enforcement officials, and if need be, help you get legal assistance. We’ll cut through the bureaucracy and make sure you get the supportive and sensitive care you deserve.
Our toll-free hotline 1-877-END-BIAS (363-2427) is your gateway to help. Whether you’re trying to decide whether an incident is discriminatory, weighing the pros and cons of filing a complaint, or just trying to figure out ways to move on with your life, we can help you make informed decisions. Operators are available to answer your questions from 9:00AM - 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Spanish operator available.
Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence: (516) 542-0404
Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence: (631) 666-8833
Nassau County Department of Social Services:
(M-F 9AM-5PM) • (516) 227-8519
(M-F 6PM-8PM; 24 hours weekends & holidays) • (516) 572-3143
Suffolk County Department of Social Services:
(9AM-4PM) • (631) 854-9935
(after 4:30) • (631) 854-9100
Suffolk & Nassau County Precincts
555 Route 109, Lindenhurst
1071 Park Ave, Huntington
1630 5th Ave, Bay Shore
345 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge
125 Waverly Ave, Patchogue
Route 25 / Middle Country Road, Coram
1419 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley
900 Merrick Road, Baldwin
7700 Jericho Tpke, Woodbury
214 Hillside Ave, Williston Park
1699 Broadway, Hewlett
1655 Dutch Broadway, Elmont
100 Community Drive, Manhasset
3636 Merrick Road, Seaford
286 Wantagh Ave, Levittown