Since 1976, VIBS has touched the lives of thousands of people. In 1974, when VIBS was just an idea, no one imagined that there was so much abuse in suburban Long Island. When in 1976 VIBS held a press conference to announce the grand opening of the center, few people understood the scope and complexity of intimate violence. What the founders did understand was that abused women were calling the new hotline in droves, and that the program needed to grow.
Compelled by mission and guided by experience, VIBS has pioneered programs to address domestic violence and sexual assault:
VIBS faces many challenges. Government funding fluctuates with state and federal budget priorities and the competiton for private dollars is intense, making it increasingly difficult to meet the demand for services. But beyond the historic peaks and valleys of funding and public policy, there are real people who once lived in fear and turmoil and now live with hope. The board and staff at VIBS are honored to be part of a movement that offers hope to so many individuals and families - and ultimately to society.
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"I was so scared and confused.
I thought it was only happening to me"