The Office of Women’s Services provides a focal point from which to address the needs of women in Suffolk County.
The mission of Suffolk County Office of Women’s Services is to identify the needs and concerns of the female population of Suffolk seeking services and to advocate and stimulate awareness on their behalf.
The Office of Women’s Services is a county agency that serves women in all walks of life, at all times and passages in their lives. This is done through a number of services most are free and all are available to everyone.
The Women of Suffolk County
Women constitute over 51% of the population of Suffolk County. They are the majority population in every age group over thirty. Many of these women are “head of households”. Any and all programs or services designed to empower the women of Suffolk County have a direct impact, not only on the woman, but also on the entire family, particularly the children.
The Office of Women’s Services has the following responsibilities:
- Acts as a liaison; between the women of Suffolk County and County Government
- Provides and sponsors free conferences, workshops and seminars on health, legal issues and personal enrichment topics.
- Operates a women’s helpline which provides information referrals, peer counseling and resource material on a wide-range of topics including: domestic violence, sexual harassment, legal rights and breast health and mammography information.
- Publishes brochures and literature addressing domestic violence.
Women's Helpline - (631) 853-8222
The Women's Helpline is available from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday . The Helpline offers information, referrals to resources for further help and emotional support. The Helpline is bilingual. Calls can be anonymous and confidentiality is respected. Provides resources and referrals to assist victims of domestic violence and to enhance services to victims of sexual assault.
Women’s Health Street Fair - Brentwood
Well over 200 residents browsed the tables and throughout the day testing was done via the mobile vans for: Glaucoma, HIV/AIDs, Mammograms. Diabetes screening and Blood pressure screening was also available. Magical Productions donated arcade type games and a Popcorn machine which we used to distribute ‘free’ popcorn to visitors. The Brentwood Fire Department gave continuous demonstrations to the children in the Smoke House Van. Suffolk PAL provided Ident-a-Kits to the parents. Entertainment was provided by local residents using the Town show mobile.
Healthy Heart Breakfast
Resolution 939-2001 designated Valentine’s week as “Women’s Healthy Heart Week” in SuffolkCounty. Speakers versed in women’s heart health, nutrition and general well being present at this annual breakfast held in February.
Essay Writing contest
High and middle school students are invited to submit an essay entitled ‘The Woman I Most Admire’. Essays are displayed in the Dennison Bldg during women’s history month (March). All students are awarded certificates for their participation; students are invited to the County for the winner’s presentation and pictures.
Domestic Violence Awareness Day
Resolution 1030-2005 designates Domestic Violence Awareness Day at the H. Lee Dennison Building and Cohalan Court Complex. On the first Monday of October at 6:30pm a building lighting ceremony will be held in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Day. The Office of Women’s Services coordinates the events of the day—All are encouraged to attend. Contact the office for more information.
Conferences & Workshops
Conferences and workshops on health, legal issues, personal enrichment and other concerns are held periodically. All are free and open to the general public. Experts in their fields lead the programs, which are held throughout SuffolkCounty.
The Health Information Tool for Empowerment is an online directory offering information on more than 5,000 health and social services available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in the Greater New York area. HITE helps people connect to vital community services quickly and easily. The directory offers information on community services throughout all of New York City and Long Island in the following categories: Dental & Optical, Financial Assistance, Health Care & Medicine, Immigrant Support, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, School, Youth & Family Services, Social Services, Transportation, and Wellness & Prevention.
Abuse and Domestic Violence
Alcohol and Drugs
Women’s Services publishes Resources for Families, a listing of community services. Resource advisory pages, for victims rights ( R.A.P.). The Office of Women’s Services provides informative and educational materials on a wide range of topics of concern to women, including health issues, sexually transmitted diseases, child support, domestic violence, discrimination, substance abuse, menopause and more. All are available free, call to have materials sent to you.
S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women
S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Resource Guide (PDF file)
Suffolk County Women's Advisory Commission
Created by a resolution of the CountyLegislature, the Suffolk County Women's Advisory Commission is composed of a cross-section of the community of women. The Commission suggests programs, advises the Office on policy and advocates for the betterment of the women of SuffolkCounty.
Task Forces and Committees
The scope of the interests of Women’s Services is reflected in part by the variety of inter-agency involvement the Office undertakes, including:
· Task Force to Prevent Family Violence
· Suffolk County Women’s Advisory Commission
· Suffolk County Perinatal Coalition
· Suffolk County HIV Commission
· Long Island Search Your Heart Task Force (American Heart Association)
· Anti-Graffiti Task Force
· County Executive ’s Cancer Task Force
· NY Women in Prison Coalition
· Women and AIDs Coalition
· SPARC steering committee
· OMH Health Disparities Committee
· Long Island Witness Project (Stony Brook University)
· DSS Commissioners Advisory Council
· HerStory Writers Workshop
The Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition
The Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition (SCWBEC) is the only organization of its kind on Long Island. SCWBEC was originally established in 1990 under the Suffolk County Office of Affirmative Action and Minority Affairs by a group of visionary business women. The goal was to break down the barriers to get women-owned businesses (WBEs) on the bid lists for County and other government agencies, and to make women owned businesses known to government and private industry.
The Mission of SCWBEC is to register all women-owned businesses in SuffolkCounty and to publish a product and services directory for distribution to all purchasing agents and procurement people in government and private industry.