March is Women’s History Month. We’re posting the following notice from the Robi Schlaff, the director of the Westchester County Office for Women, which is the coordinating agency for domestic violence, sexual assault and gender violence in Westchester County. Please note that DBSA Westchester NY is not affiliated with the Office for Women or with NAMI Westchester.
The Westchester County Office for Women was formed in 1980 to address the needs of victims of domestic violence. While this continues to be a major focus of our office, we have expanded to include programs that empower women and partner with many Westchester organizations to lift up and assist all residents of Westchester
The Office for Women is the coordinating agency for domestic violence, sexual assault and gender violence in Westchester County. Our main office is in White Plains, with sites at Yonkers and White Plains courthouses, where we oversee the Family Justice Center, and have two bilingual Spanish-speaking advocates. Our work involves direct services to those needing assistance; policy and education, chairing the monthly Domestic Violence Council, facilitating the Women’s Advisory Board, and bringing to the County innovative programs that are national models.
To increase safety for victims and their families, we, along with important partners in law enforcement and victim services, are implementing a countywide Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT), a multi-disciplinary team-based approach that identifies, and supports victims of intimate partner violence at high risk for homicide or serious risk of harm by their offender.
One of our most important roles is to connect the community with much needed resources. During the quarantine, as many agencies had to change how they assisted the public, we developed a resource list that includes agency contact information; emailed out weekly and updated as needed. If you would like to know about any of the resources on the list, contact the Office for Women at (914) 995-5972 or call the NAMI Westchester Helpline at (914) 592-5458.