BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Schneiderman's resignation and the article about the accusations published Monday in The New Yorker once again put domestic violence front and center.
Eric Schneiderman's accusers are powerful and successful women. Domestic violence prevention advocates say the fact that they came forward may encourage others to do the same.
"Domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, happens in every segment of our society. You can be a law school graduate of Harvard and fall victim to it," says Mary Murphy with The Family Justice Center.
The Family Justice Center provides free help to domestic violence survivors and their children. Murphy says it is critical to work with a domestic violence advocate who can give you the tools you need to stay safe.
"If you want to hold your abuser accountable you can. If you want to get injuries documented, if you need legal assistance, whatever it is, we have it in one place. We're not going to tell you what to do. We understand it's a journey, and it can take seven to eight attempts to leave," says Murphy.
Robyn Wiktorski-Reynolds is the Clinical Operations Officer at Crisis Services, which is staffed 24/7. She says there are many options for survivors who are deciding whether to tell someone about their abusive relationship.
"Confidentially, anonymously, you don't even need to tell who you are if you are deciding about whether or not to come full forward with regards to a sexual assault, or domestic violence, or whatever that matter might be. It doesn't have to be all or nothing I guess is what I'm trying to say. We can really help walk people through those baby steps because we understand it's a process," says Wiktorski-Reynolds.
No matter what your situation is, there is help out there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Crisis Services hotline is 716-834-3131. The number for The Family Justice Center is 716-558-7233.