Domestic Violence & Abuse: Shelters
Domestic violence shelters play a critical role in providing support and safety for victims and their families. Shelters are especially important to victims who lack access to other resources, or who feel they have no other safe place to which they can escape.
Domestic Violence Shelters: Facts
A survey of domestic violence services across the nation found that in a 24-hour period:
- 67,399 victims received assistance, from access to shelter services to counseling and support group referrals.
- 36,332 of the victims served were staying in a domestic violence shelter.
National Network to End Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Counts 2011: A 24-Hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services
The need for domestic violence shelters, however, exceeds the capacity and space.The 2011 survey found that of 10,581 requests for assistance that could not be met, 64% of those requests were for emergency shelter.
Domestic Violence Shelters: Safe Horizon Services
Safe Horizon is the nation's largest provider of residences for victims of domestic violence, offering adults and families safe havens after they have escaped violence. Safe Horizon operates nine shelters with more than 700 beds available in New York City, giving families both emergency shelter and long-term residences that provide more time for them to recover and rebuild their lives.
Safe Horizon offers comprehensive services that include counseling, housing assistance, life skills and parenting courses, childcare, and medical aid.
Domestic Violence Shelters: Get Help
If you are a victim of domestic violence and need shelter, please call our hotline: 800.621.4673 (HOPE)
Take a virtual tour of one of our shelters.
Read about our newest shelter, Rose House.
Domestic Violence Shelters: Help Provide Safe Havens
Victims of domestic violence who find the courage to leave dangerous situations may also find, unless they have resources, a lack of available, safe places where they can turn. Support for residences for victims of domestic violence and their families is critical to making sure they not only become safe, but get the chance to regain their lives after violence.
Give the gift of shelter! Learn how you can support victims of domestic violence and abuse through Safe Horizon.
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