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Domestic violence can happen to anybody at any time, regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. Domestic violence is a public health crisis that affects one in three women and one in four men in the United States. In New York City alone, in 2015, there were 26 intimate partner homicides, and the New York City Police Department responded to over 279,051 domestic incidents. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Domestic violence is a devastating and pervasive problem that has impacted the lives of too many people, and there is a great need in New York City and across the country for programs that support survivors.
Urban Resource Institute (URI) is committed to serving victims of domestic violence by providing emergency and transitional shelter services while continuously innovating to better aid survivors. Serving nearly 2,000 clients each year, URI is one of the largest and most comprehensive domestic violence service providers in New York City. The organization runs six shelters with several hundred beds. URI operates both emergency shelters, which help and house survivors immediately following their escape from abuse, and transitional shelters, which help survivors as they readjust back into the community.
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-skills training; 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. We offer individual and group therapy for adults and children to help them heal from trauma, medical and legal services, recreational and educational activities, children’s services, and housing assistance to help clients transition from the shelter into safe, permanent residences. Through these programs, we help survivors of domestic violence get back on their feet and safely rebuild their lives.
URI has managed domestic violence programs since 1984 and has adapted and developed new programs to meet the ongoing needs of our clients. Today, URI is on the forefront of domestic violence services with the URIPALS (People and Animals Living Safely) program, which is the only program in New York City and one of the few nationally that allows survivors of domestic violence to co-shelter with their pets.
URI has additionally launched an Abusive Partner Intervention Program (APIP) integrating a trauma-informed approach with batterer intervention services aimed at decreasing recidivism.
In collaboration with Westchester County Department of Probation (WCDOP), Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) and other key stakeholders in the area, URI assists in the transformation of offender services in NYS to create a collaborative trauma informed model. Additionally, the URI APIP works closely with the local Integrated Domestic Violence Court to ensure offender accountability and consistency in participation.
The APIP works with individuals for a minimum of 65 weeks. Each week or session requires participants to complete an at-home work assignment and then present it during the group session each week in order to advance in the program. Once a participant successfully completes 65 sessions, they participate in a graduation from the program.
*represents FY16 only
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