Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie County

Catholic Charities of
Delaware, Otsego, and
Schoharie Counties

489 West Main Street
Cobleskill, NY 12043
(518) 234-3581

Domestic Violence Advocate
Patricia MacLeod | E-Mail

Domestic Violence Advocate
Randy Rathka | E-Mail

Domestic Violence Residential Advocate
Sarah Hilgers | E-Mail

Program Director
Angela Smith | E-Mail

Domestic Violence Program

This program offers aid and support to victims of domestic violence and their families. The program's goal is to empower survivors to choose safety and violence-free living for themselves and their children, and provides services to all victims of domestic violence whether staying in the safe dwelling or living in the community.

Services include a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, safety planning, counseling, advocacy (including legal advocacy), a support group, transportation, referral to other service agencies, outreach and community education.

Catholic Charities provides the only domestic violence safe dwelling in Schoharie County for victims of domestic violence and their minor children. Emerson House, a 9-bed Safe Dwelling, houses victims of domestic violence who need a supportive and safe place to stay. Domestic violence victims are able to remain in the safe dwelling for up to 90 days. The services include safety planning, education and referral to needed services, assisting with relocation of minor children to a new school district, transportation assistance to essential appointments, advocacy, counseling, emergency assistance to meet basic needs, and support and encouragement.

Catholic Charities also provides non-residential services which include:  safety planning, education and referral to needed services, transportation assistance to essential appointments, advocacy, counseling, emergency assistance to meet basic needs, and support and encouragement.

Advocacy and support services are offered to victims of domestic violence to assist them in obtaining their goals of finding affordable and safe housing, obtaining employment or education, and remaining free from abuse.

A 24-hour/7-day per week hotline is offered where victims of domestic violence can reach a domestic violence advocate anytime of the day and any day of the week.  Staff are able to respond immediately to situations of crisis.

24 HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE: (518) 234-2231 - COLLECT CALLS ACCEPTED.

Click for a Guide to Court remedies for Domestic Violence

Catholic Charities Domestic Violence program provides shelter and appropriate services for all victims of domestic violence, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, marital status, or disability.