In Erie County (Kenmore/Tonawanda or Cheektowaga) and Cattaraugus County (Olean), New Hope Partners weekly groups are a critical support for families living with domestic violence. Evidence shows that domestic violence peer support group programs are particularly effective in "alleviating depression and stress, increasing self-esteem, self-efficacy and psychological well-being.'' When participants are asked how the group helped them, women mention feeling empowered, more valued, more confident and having new coping tools to make needed changes in their lives. Our groups reported more tangible support, higher internal locus of control and greater satisfaction with our services.
Each community office is linked and responsive to the needs of victims in Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Catholic Charities staff are trained to respond to trauma and use these skills as they interact with families who live with and are impacted by domestic violence. Our staff/therapists provide services including counseling to survivors (of any age, children to seniors) and their families along with linkage to specialized services in our community offices across the eight counties of Western New York.