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One of the first publicly funded shelters, the Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors has provided safe refuge and on-site 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
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