The Voices of Women (VOW) empowers women who have survived abuse to identify their needs and to actively participate in solving problems that affect them. We believe that efforts to end domestic violence in our communities must be informed by those most affected by the issue.

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In 2017 New York City had over 108,000 intimate partner violence incidents. This averages to more than 245 incidents a day. Many women turn to the police, courts, and the homeless system in their search for safety, assistance and justice. Survivors of intimate partner violence often discover that these systems, intended to protect them from violence and poverty, fail them – or worse, re-victimize them.

We are community-organizers. We work to give a voice to survivors of intimate partner violence so that they can influence change and improve the systems abused women and their children turn to for help. Our approach validates the survivor’s knowledge and experience and helps them builds on that knowledge to:

 

  • Hold abusers accountable for their actions
  • End the re-victimization of women and children by systemic policies and practices
  • Change the system to better meet the needs of abused women and their children
  • Prevent violence against women and children

With training and support from VOW, survivors organize to improve policies and practices that affect battered women. Survivor’s document system failures, give testimony, meet with principal decision-makers and develop recommendations for change. Through VOW, survivors discover that they have a powerful voice which can influence the response to domestic violence in New York City.