For more than thirty years, the NYS certified program STOP Domestic Violence has been assisting victims of domestic violence. The program has grown from a two-staff office in Plattsburgh to offices in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties with fourteen staff members and many volunteers. Located within upstate New York, there are offices in Plattsburgh, Westport, Malone, and Tupper Lake.
STOP Domestic Violence offers a large variety of free and confidential services to victims including:
- A 24 hour hotline: 1-888-563-6904
- Crisis intervention
- Temporary safe housing options
- Individual and group supportive counseling
- Advocacy within the justice systems and personal advocacy to meet needs
- Temporary child care during office visits and essential appointments
- Limited transportation
- Community education and referrals
- Assistance with Family Offense Petitions
- NYS Office of Victim Services crime victims compensation assistance
- Information and referrals to other local, state and nationwide domestic violence services
- Information and referrals regarding Human Trafficking
Staff at STOP Domestic Violence can help to inform victims of their rights, assist in exploring options, and support them in their decision making process. Volunteers can provide hotline coverage, child care, office coverage, transportation, support, and more. All volunteers are subject to a background check and must complete a comprehensive fifteen hour training offered several times throughout the year.
After more than 34 years of dedicated service, Program Director Susan Kelley has decided to retire. Over the course of her service to our community, Susan has grown the program to meet the needs of our North Country. She has shaped our Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence. Susan has been involved in this important work since grassroots efforts began in New York State and continues to increase awareness on a local and statewide level. Susan’s warmth, compassion, and belief in justice have made a marked difference in our community. For that, we thank her.