Equinox operates Albany County’s only comprehensive domestic violence services program

serving victims of domestic violence regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.  Our free and confidential services include:

24-hour Hotline – providing shelter intake, crisis intervention counseling and information and referral.  518-432-7865

Emergency Shelter – Equinox operates AlbanyCounty’s only domestic violence shelter.  It is a 30 bed shelter for victims of domestic violence and their dependent children.  Residents may stay up to 90 days.

Counseling – addressing needs identified by the victim, options for safety, understanding of the nature of domestic violence and building skills in problem solving.  Individual appointments for victims and their children.

Support Groups – providing peer support to interested victims to discuss experiences about family violence in a group setting.  We offer specialized groups for adult and children victims.

Monday night drop in group: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at 95 Central Ave.

Advocacy – providing accompaniment, support and information to victims in Family and Criminal Courts, as well as law enforcement, medical, social services and other assistance.  We have an office at Albany County Family Court and an advocate available daily at Albany City Court.

DV/CPS Collaboration- working with Albany County Child Protective Services to provide support and safety measures to families experiencing both domestic violence and child abuse or neglect.

Transitional Housing – working to eliminate financial and housing barriers for domestic violence victims fleeing from their abusers to help them attain safe, permanent housing and financial independence.

Elder Abuse Services – providing case management, shelter, advocacy and counseling to elder victims of domestic violence. This project collaborates with local elder organizations, providing professional training on elder abuse and community education.

Project ARISE – a collaboration between Equinox and the Center For Disability Services to create a system of supports and services to prevent, identify and respond effectively to violence and abuse against women with disabilities.

AlbanyCounty Coalition Against Domestic Abuse – Equinox coordinates ACCADA, a county-wide coalition of service providers, law enforcement officials, survivors, academics, county representatives, advocates, and other interested community groups that convenes to develop an integrated community response to domestic abuse in AlbanyCounty, guided by the voice of survivors of domestic violence and their advocates.


Domestic Violence Services, Equinox

95 Central Avenue, Albany NY 12206

518-434-6135 Business, 518-434-4502 Fax, 518-432-7865 24-Hour Hotline


Legal Help Available for All

The Legal Project

Capital District Women’s Bar Association

Brief History:

The Capital District Women’s Bar Association Legal Project, Inc. (hereinafter, The Legal Project) is a private, independent, not-for-profit organization that was founded by the Capital District Women’s Bar Association in 1995.


The Legal Project believes that all people, regardless of income, gender, disability, race, religion, age, sexual orientation or ethnicity should have access to legal services.  This belief reflects a deep commitment to fairness and equal justice under the law.  Based upon these beliefs, the mission of The Legal Project is to make the law more accessible to those in need; to increase the legal community’s involvement in pro bono work; and to serve as a resource on legal issues and pro bono.  There is a special commitment to women and others who may have difficulty in obtaining legal services; however, we provide services to men, women and families.


The Legal Project is unique in that it addresses the civil legal needs of the working poor – those who “on paper” make too much money to qualify for programs for the indigent, but who do not earn enough to pay the fees of private attorneys.

The Legal Project addresses the need for non-criminal legal assistance by providing innovative, cost effective services that are collaborative in nature and that focus on well-defined, but unmet needs in our communities.  It is the primary provider of domestic violence civil legal services in the Capital District.  The Legal Project has over 200 attorneys who participate in its programs and serves approximately 3000 clients annually.   Following is a brief description of the creative approaches taken to meeting the need for legal assistance:

Legal Representation:

¨      The Domestic Violence Legal Connection provides pro bono civil legal representation and free legal consultations both onsite and at domestic violence shelters.    

¨      Domestic Violence Reduced Fee Program provides reduced-fee matrimonial representation to victims of domestic violence who fall outside income eligibility guidelines for pro bono assistance. 

¨      Domestic Violence and Military Families Project provides specialized civil legal services to victims whose abusers are associated with the military or are veterans, and technical assistance to attorneys or advocates regarding working with the military justice system.

¨      Affordable Housing Attorney Assistance (AHAA) provides free and low cost legal representation to low income home purchasers.

¨      Bankruptcy & Credit Program provides free legal consults and free and low cost legal representation to individuals and families struggling with financial problems and debt.

¨      Homeowner Protection Program provides legal advice and representation to homeowners who are facing foreclosure, need assistance with settlement conferences, loan modifications, and other matters relating to foreclosure.

¨      Wills Project provides assistance in preparing Wills, Living Wills, Healthcare Proxies, Guardianship, and guidance with other end of life issues

¨      Immigration Legal Network provides free, private, and confidential legal consultations with pro bono attorneys and educational programs on various immigration issues.

¨      Pro Bono Civil Appeals Project, in collaboration with the NYS Bar Association Committee on Appellate Jurisdiction and the RuralLawCenter; provides free representation to low income parties in selected Family Law and Matrimonial Appeals.

 Legal Advice and Information:

¨      The Legal Clinic Program offers free, private, and confidential consultations with experienced attorneys at local community agencies.

¨      Legal Clinics for Veterans provides free consultations to veterans and active military personnel regarding civil legal issues that impact their reintegration into the community.

¨      Small Business Legal Network provides free legal consultations with attorneys and educational programs on small business legal issues for those interested in starting or expanding a small business.

¨      Legally Speaking Workshops offer free, custom designed education programs to community groups and organizations about many legal topics.

¨      Uncontested Divorce Clinics provide assistance with the preparation and filing of the necessary documents to low income individuals who are representing themselves in a divorce matter.

Attorney Training:

¨      Professional Training of local attorneys in exchange for pro bono work increases the availability of legal assistance with domestic violence and affordable housing.


1475 Western Avenue

Albany, NY12203


                                                    Phone:  518-435-1770

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The Knit Knuts Celebrate their 400th Blanket

The Knit Knuts recently passed their 400th Blanket and celebrated with a luncheon and cake!  Over the years the Knitters have met at Jermain Memorial Presbyterian Church, Bethany Presbyterian Church and now at LPC.  Their hands have lovingly crafted blankets, mittens, hats and prayer shawls.  They have warmed the hearts and hands of hospitalized newborns, people in nursing homes, people facing medical challenges or in stressful circumstances, and families in need.  The Knitters welcome new hands to the circle on Mondays afternoons.  “Thank you” to those Knutty Knitters for their selfless work and generosity!

Knit Knuts 400th

UNDIE SUNDAY for Equinox:

A bumper crop of UNDIES was taken to Equinox Shelter services!  Here are the stats:

Undies   283

T-shirts  62

Socks     90

How fabulous.  Thank you all so much for your support of families in crisis!  Lisa


CROP Walk Results

I challenged the congregation to raise $500 for the CROP Walk.  I am proud to say that there were a total of 11 walkers including our Shared Ministry partners from Bethany who raised $685.  Our lead CROP walker was Sydney Lemiere (BPC).  This money will go towards local and worldwide hunger fighting groups.  THANK YOU!!!   —            Michele Budrow