- Crisis Intervention
- Individual Counseling
- Support Groups
- Community Organizing, Education & Outreach
- Mentoring Teenage Girls
- Social Work Internship
- Referrals to Legal Services (Matrimonial & Immigration)
- Information About Women’s Legal Rights
- Immigration & Child Safety Laws
While there are Emergency Hotlines like 1-800 (as well as 911), Turning Point can respond to some emergency needs, helping provide translation services at a police precinct or file a police report against an abuser, or provide a warm meal to a family fleeing an abusive situation. Unlike some organizations, Turning Point is also able to sustain counseling and support over a long period of time. For example, one of our clients received phone counseling for over 18 months because she was not allowed to leave her home. She did not speak English and had no access to anyone in the community. Due to our support and strong advocacy, the client was able to come for her weekly counseling sessions and join ESL classes. After almost 2 years, she was finally ready to become self-sufficient and leave her abuser. Following our efforts to reach out to and educate the affected community, demand for our services has increased dramatically over the last few years.
Currently, our social worker provides approximately 450 in person and telephone counseling sessions a year. Some of these are emergencies and some are ongoing weekly sessions to empower women to take charge of their own lives. We also provide individual services to teenage Muslim girls, and sometimes counsel mothers and daughters together when they face issues among themselves. Our services typically include crisis intervention, safety planning, counseling, advocacy on behalf of our clients, referrals to legal and immigration services, and referrals to shelters.
Support Groups for Women and for Teenage Girls
The Youth Group offers a crucial and safe space for young girls who open up about their life stressors, build their self-confidence and self esteem, gain validation and support, and learn to speak about violence against women and girls. Currently, the group meets once a week on Friday afternoons, and functions like a peer support group led by our Youth Leader who facilitates the discussions. The youth group members themselves have been the driving force of the group’s success and have played leadership roles in developing, coordinating, and executing activities and events.
Advocacy for Family Services and for Public Policy
Turning Point staff regularly participates and presents at conferences and at events locally and nationally to raise awareness about the needs of the Muslim community, especially women, girls, and children. Turning Point is also a member of coalitions that partner to effect policy change for our community both locally and nationally.
Community Organizing, Education & Outreach
Turning Point organizes, presents, and participates in trainings and workshops for hospitals, schools, universities, family and criminal courts, law enforcement, and other city agencies to help raise awareness and sensitize them to the unique needs of the Muslim community. Turning Point partners with religious and community organizations, community leaders, mosques, and community centers. Turning Point’s Youth Group actively organizes and presents ARISE NY! workshops across New York City to raise awareness about bullying and hate crimes targeting Muslim and non-Muslim youth. Through the workshops, youth learn to push back against bullying and become proactive in stopping it.
Mentoring Teenage Girls
The Youth Group offers a crucial and safe space for young girls who open up about their life stressors, build their self-confidence and self esteem, gain validation and support, and learn to speak about violence against women and girls. The group meets once a week and functions like a peer support group with added support from two social workers (a staff member and a volunteer) as well as a youth member who co-facilitates. The youth group members themselves have been the driving force of the group’s success and have played leadership roles in developing, coordinating, and executing activities and events. They have also participated in training opportunities as they arose. For more information on our Youth Group, visit the Youth page on our website.
Social Work Internships
Turning Point also empowers the underserved community through regular internships for social workers, providing a platform for students to learn how to work with the special needs of the Muslim community. This is especially important because the many mosques in New York City have been slow to develop social services, and there is a lack of Muslim social workers. By inspiring and preparing social workers to serve the Muslim community of New York City, Turning Point also helps in community capacity building which is necessary to meet the needs of our growing community.