Day One’s Direct Services Program provides free and confidential counseling, case management, as well as legal advice, information, and direct representation to young people in NYC aged 24 and under related to dating abuse. Day One offers its direct services in both English and Spanish.

Everything is so different now that Day One is involved. I feel like I can go through with the court proceedings now.

Jackie, 19, Client

Day One’s legal services program assists clients affected by dating abuse through:

  • Assistance in filing for and obtaining Orders of Protection

  • Full representation at Family Court hearings for orders of protection, paternity, custody, visitation, and child support

  • Assistance in filing for domestic violence-based immigration relief, such as VAWA petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, and U Visas

  • Advocacy and support navigating the criminal justice system with the goal of obtaining an Order of Protection

  • Advocacy in an educational setting, such as assistance in obtaining a school safety transfer

We also conduct policy advocacy to expand young people’s eligibility for and access to resources related to intimate partner violence.

If you’d like to refer a young person for legal or social services, please complete our client referral form.

For more information…

If you need help, you can call our confidential Helpline at 800.214.4150 or text (646) 535-DAY1 (3291). You can also contact us online.

Please make sure to use a safe computer and email account or phone to contact us.

    Legal Services Referral Sheet

    1 Referral Agency Information

    Individual CounselingDivorceAbuse/NeglectOrder of ProtectionGroup CounselingImmigrationConsumer Law IssuesSocial ServicesChild SupportCustody/Visitation

    2 Client Information


    3 Case Information

    CriminalFamily CourtOther
    CriminalFamily Court

    4 Perpetrator Information

    Currently/Formerly DatingEngagedMarriedDivorcedCo-parentsOther Family or Household MemberCurrent/Former Co-habitantsFiled for Divorce (Date)Other


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