24 Hour Crisis Hotline




The Violence Intervention Program emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence is fully operational.  To ensure the health and safety of staff and residents, OFO will continue to follow federal and New York State health protocols, including continued mask wearing within our shelter for all persons regardless of vaccination status

Program offices are closed to clients; however, VIP is providing telephone and virtual services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes. Legal advocacy and court accompaniment is available virtually. Assistance may be obtained by calling the 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 607.432.4855.


The Violence Intervention Program (VIP) provides free, comprehensive support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent crimes. The program promotes safe environments, self-determination, self-worth and envisions a future where people are free from abuse and oppression.

We offer the following completely confidential services:

  • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
  • Rape Crisis Services
  • Individual Counseling and Support Groups
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Medical Advocacy and Accompaniment
  • Crime Victims Compensation Assistance
  • Emergency Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Housing Support Services
  • Information and Referrals
  • Prevention Education
  • Criminal Justice Training
  • Community Outreach
  • Just 4 Teens

Get help today:

  • Call our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 607.432.4855
  • Call our office at 607.433.8038
  • Currently Closed to the Public. Visit our main office at 3 West Broadway, Oneonta
  • Open 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Evening appointments available.
  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911


What is Domestic Violence?  Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner or family member. Abuse includes physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, or physically injure someone.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. It occurs between couples who are married, living together, or dating and between other family members.

What is Sexual Assault?  Sexual assault occurs when a person purposefully touches another person in a sexual way without that person’s consent, or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. Sexual assault is a general term that includes rape, incest, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and indecent exposure. Sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of race, age, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

In most sexual assault cases, the abuser is not a stranger, but someone the victim knows well or can identify. In cases of child sexual assault, incidents are typically not a single occurrence, but part of an ongoing pattern of abuse.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Are Crimes.  Victims, or parents/guardians of minors, are encouraged to contact the police to report the abuse; however, that decision is up to the victim. If you choose not to contact the police, support is still available by calling the Violence Intervention Program 24-Hour Hotline at 607.432.4855. VIP
also offers services and support to friends and family members impacted by crime.

Denim Day 2022: On April 27th, 2022 is National Denim Day. Show your support for victims of sexual assault by taking a picture with these selfie signs below by using the hashtag #DenimDay2022


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