One of the first publicly funded shelters, the Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors has provided safe refuge and on-site social services for female survivors of domestic violence and their children since 1977. The shelter consists of 13 furnished apartments, each shared by two families. The length of stay is 90 days. During that time, residents are educated on family safety, non-violent relationship choices, economic self-sufficiency, and finding and maintaining permanent housing.
The shelter accepts both self and agency referrals. The applicant must be a domestic violence survivor with children, and live outside of the Henry Street Settlement catchment area. Families must have an open public assistance case, or be willing to apply for assistance.
On-site services and programs include:
- Twenty-four-hour hotline and refuge
- Family case management
- Individual and group counseling
- Housing search assistance
- Follow-up services
- Legal advocacy
- Vocational counseling
- Social & recreational activities
- Domestic violence support groups for adults and children
- Information and referral
- Computer classes for adults and children
- Community outreach and education on the impact of domestic violence