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Domestic Violence Services

Unity House provides victims of domestic violence and their children with a range of comprehensive services.  Our Domestic Violence Services Program is part of a successful collaboration with the Troy Police Department, Police Court, Family Court, Probation, Child Protective Services and the Department of Social Services. With staff co-located at each of these sites, Unity House helps victims obtain orders of protection, accompanies police on calls and works with DSS to move families to safety.

Trained domestic violence counselors are available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention, information and referrals to victims of domestic and dating violence and stalking. There are many options and services available and Unity House can help you find the ones that are right for you and your children.


If you are in immediate danger or are in need of emergency assistance, call 911. 


Unity House 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline:

(518) 272-2370

Collect calls accepted.

 

New York State 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline:

(800) 942-6906 (English)
(800) 942-6908 (Spanish)


National 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline:

(800) 799 – SAFE

 

Domestic Violence Programs

 

24-Hour Hotline 


Unity House's 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline is an anonymous service which provides crisis intervention, information and referrals 24-hours a day, year-round. Collect calls accepted.

 

To talk with a counselor in confidence call:

(518) 272-2370


 

Cell Phones 


Unity House has 911 cell phones that are available for victims of domestic violence free of charge.

 

For more information, call Domestic Violence Emergency Services at 518.272.5917.

 

 

Case Management 


Case Managers work with victims of domestic violence to assess their needs and provide safety planning based on an individual's need. The level of service is diverse and intensive and may include: living skills training, obtaining and maintaining housing, utilities and employment, financial literacy, legal assistance, coordinating with the Department of Social Services, Mental Health Services, health care providers and other community resources.

 

For more information, call Domestic Violence Services at 518.272.5917.


 

Community Education, Outreach and Training

Domestic Violence awareness and training is available to the public and community agencies interested in becoming knowledgeable about domestic violence, stalking and related matters.

 

For more information, call Domestic Violence Services at 518.272.5917.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention

Dating violence and healthy relationships education programs are available for high schools and colleges.

 

Counselors are also available to support school personnel when dating violence occurs among students.

 

For more information, call Domestic Violence Services at 518.272.5917

 

Counseling 

 

Individual counseling and group support is available to victims of domestic violence and their children. Unity House also provides support groups for stalking.

 

For more information, call Domestic Violence Emergency Services at 518.272.5917.

 

Crime Victims Assistance 


Crime victims can access crime victim applications and receive assistance with completing their applications. Unity House also has Notary services available on site.

For more information, call Domestic Violence Emergency Services at 518.272.5917.

 

 

Law Project 


The Unity House Law Project provides  free legal consultation and representation to victims of domestic violence. The Law Project staff is experienced in resolving the often-complicated legal challenges faced by victims of domestic violence who are seeking civil legal relief. The Law Project staff provides assistance in preparing legal documents, court accompaniment, safety planning and emotional support in addition to direct representation. Legal services include: assistance in obtaining orders of protection, custody, child support, divorce and other family court related matters.

For more information, call Domestic Violence Services at 518.272.5917.

 

 

Medical Clinic 


On Wednesday evenings, family medicine physicians from Albany Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency Training Program provide care to victims of domestic violence. The physicians assess and treat adults and children receiving Unity House domestic violence and other services. They can write non-narcotic prescriptions and will refer people with injuries and illnesses severe enough to warrant long-term, ongoing care to other medical providers. The clinic is free to Unity House residential and non-residential consumers.

For more information, call Domestic Violence Services at 518.272.5917.

 

 

Emergency Shelter


Unity House operates the only licensed Domestic Violence Shelter in Rensselaer County.  The Domestic Violence Shelter is available to victims of domestic violence and their children who no longer have a safe place to stay free from violence. The 33-bed shelter provides safe refuge in a confidential location.