Help for Rochester NY Women

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PO Box 93196
Rochester, NY 14692


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"We do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves." -- Mary Wollstonecraft

NOW works to bring women, as a group, into full equality and addresses problems at their root cause, instead of offering aid to individual women.

For individual help, contact one of the organizations below.

Battering, Rape, Sexual Violence Assistance

Alternatives for Battered Women
24 hours a day  Confidential Hotline, shelter, counseling, support groups, children's services, court advocacy, Latina services, dating violence education, transition program.  Website.

Monroe County Sheriff's Dept. Victim Assistance Program
585-359-7107 Website.

Restore Sexual Assault Services
(formerly Rape Crisis)

Rochester:  585-546-2777
Genesee, Livingston, Orleans & Wyoming Counties Hotline:  800-527-1757
24-hours a day  Confidential
Rape Crisis is a service of Planned Parenthood.  Website.

Rochester Police Dept. Victim Assistance Unit
Individual counseling, assistance in filing for CVB compensation, transportation to court, accompaniment to court, property release, restitution assistance, referral, public awareness, explanation of criminal justice system. Website.

Safe Journey
P.O. Box 21, Fairport, NY 14450
Serves women and children in transition from domestic violence, who need individual or group counseling, advocacy, or community referrals as they heal from abuse. Website.

Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes
Hotline:  866-343-8808
132 Harrison St.   Newark, NY 14513  Website.


Monroe County Women's Disability Network
A directory for women with disabilities of resources in Rochester and at the national level created by a local retired schoolteacher.  Website.


The Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership
Part of the University of Rochester, the Center helps members of the UR community as well as political, business and professional leaders understand and overcome barriers to women's leadership.  Website.

Greater Rochester Area Branch AAUW
AAUW is an advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls. Website.

YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County
175 N. Clinton Ave.  585-546-5820
A place for women at a crisis or turning point to move beyond the challenges of unemployment, drug or alcohol addiction, homelessness and teenage motherhood.  Website.


Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester
A group of breast cancer survivors along with their family and friends who work on education and advocacy concerns around breast cancer. Website.

CLIC on Health
Click on the Local Services tab to search the more than 400 Rochester area health services and programs. Website.

Let's Make Lead History
Find out how you can get your apartment or house inspected for lead and have your child tested for exposure to lead. Website.

Connect and Breathe
An after-abortion nonjudgmental talkline. Website.

Emergency Contraception
Emergency contraception, or the morning after pill, helps women avoid pregnancy after unprotected sex. For more information, including where to get ec, see the Planned Parenthood website.

PEP - Pro-Choice Public Education Project
Created for young women, this website lists pro-choice resources and ways to get involved.  There are also discussion groups to join. Website.

Planned Parenthood
Full reproductive health services for women including emergency contraception pills and abortions. Many services are free - be sure to ask.  Website or call 1-866-600-6886.

Trillium Health
259 Monroe Ave. 585-545-7200
Provides HIV testing and prevention and women's gynecological services. Website.


Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (GAGV)
585-244-8640  875 E. Main St., Suite 500
Offers a variety of support groups and services for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered.  Publishes the monthly newspaper, Empty ClosetWebsite.


Empire Justice Center
A non-profit law firm that provides legal assistance to those in need and undertake impact litigation in order to protect and defend the rights of disenfranchised New Yorkers. Website.

Monroe County Legal Assistance Center
(also known as Legal Assistance of Western New York - Rochester Office)
Get information about your legal problem as well as find free legal services. Website.

Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County
Help for low income clients in civil matters, including Family Court petitions and preparing divorce paperwork. Website.


The Rochester Women's Giving Circle
A community of philanthropic women who combine their financial strength to support area women and girls on their journey to economic independence. Website.

Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley
Maintains an endowment to help women and girls in the Rochester area.  Website.


City Newspaper
Rochester's alternative news weekly. Website.

League of Women Voters
Check its website for more information.

Metro Justice
Involved with many progressive issues and a strong NOW supporter.  Website.

WELD - Women's Equality Liberation and Defense
WELD was formed to protect women in the Rochester area and the state of New York from defamation and harassment. We exist to provide a central structure for community organizers, medical providers, and officials to work together to utilize their resources and mobilize their constituents through education and events for the advancement of women's equality. See Facebook page.


Feminist Campus
Resources for student activists.  See website.

RIT Center for Women & Gender
See website.

SUNY- Brockport Women's Center
See website.

University of Rochester College Feminists
See Facebook page.

Women in Transition

Sojourner House
Shelter for women and families, providing a structure to live independently and the strength to improve lives.  See website.

YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County
175 N. Clinton Ave.  585-546-5820
A place for women at a crisis or turning point to move beyond the challenges of unemployment, drug or alcohol addiction, homelessness and teenage motherhood.  Website.


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