Programs and Services

URI Domestic Violence Programs & ServicesUrban Resource Institute Domestic Violence Programs: Safe, Supportive Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims and Their Families

Safety, support, and self-sufficiency—these are the hallmarks of URI’s domestic violence programs. Serving more than 1,400 clients each year, URI is one of the largest and most comprehensive domestic violence service providers in New York City. The safe shelter and emergency services we provide are critical—but they’re only the first step. Our clients receive long-term housing assistance, job-search skills, and medical, therapeutic, financial, legal, and follow-up services that empower them to gain stability, plan for a secure future, and make a new start.

The following services are available in English and Spanish:

Individual and group counseling focuses on safety assessment and planning, recovery from trauma, and family relationships.

Family counseling helps families in crisis adjust to their new surroundings and begin the healing process.

Medical referrals are provided to off-site hospitals and clinics in the community.

Legal services help families navigate the court system and enforce their rights. Our Legal Education and Advocacy Program (LEAP) provides specialized legal services to our domestic violence shelter residents.

Child therapy, administered by qualified professionals, helps children living in shelter cope with the trauma associated with domestic violence.

Recreational activities for adults and children are arranged on a regular basis, on-and off-site. Activities range from physical fitness to cultural and social outings.

Educational/vocational services include educational evaluations and guidance, GED preparation classes, daily practical skills classes, resume-writing workshops, and assistance with developing job-interviewing skills. Our Working Internship Network (WIN) gives shelter residents an opportunity to become interns in various work settings and gain valuable on-the-job training.

Children’s services include a daily pre-school program for toddlers and young children and onsite child care.

Housing assistance helps clients search for safe, permanent housing.

Special workshops, such as cooking classes and computer training, provide clients with a range of new skills they can apply.

Comprehensive aftercare/discharge planning allows individuals to utilize shelter services as a resource even after they leave the facility.

PALS: People and Animals Living Safely, the only program of its kind in New York City, assists pet owners facing domestic violence by co-sheltering them with their pets.