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One of the first publicly funded shelters, the Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors has provided safe refuge and onsite social services for survivors of domestic violence and their children since 1977. The shelter consists of 13 furnished apartments, each shared by two families. During their time-limited length of stay, 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.

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
  • Community outreach and education on the impact of domestic violence
  • Aftercare services
  • Living skills workshops
  • Parenting classes


In NYC, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) makes all decisions about shelter placement. If you’re a family experiencing domestic violence, please call Safe Horizon’s 24-hour hotline: 800.621.HOPE (4673).

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