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Safety Planning During COVID-19

For victims of domestic violence, stay-at-home orders can mean increased isolation from support networks and more time alone with abusers. We understand the challenges victims are facing, and offer some tips that may foster safety during this uncertain time.

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Here In Times Of Crisis

On any given day in New York City, victims of domestic violence face difficult challenges to find safe, secure housing. Urban Resource Institute (URI)’s housing options and programs assist individuals and families – including pets – by respecting their rights to make informed choices and reducing barriers to shelter and safety. Using innovation to solve complex issues, URI helps survivors heal and gain the resources they need to live healthy and independent lives.

1,305

adult domestic violence victims sheltered in a year

1,879

children exposed to trauma are supported

3,834

homeless adults and children sheltered in a year

Client-Centered Services

We provide quality, compassionate and innovative services to victims of domestic abuse and other vulnerable populations so that they may lead the safest and fullest lives possible.

Domestic Violence

We offer innovative and client-centered programs for survivors of domestic violence.

Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

We offer a variety of individualized treatment and care programs, including 24-hour group residences.

Homeless Families

We offer safe and secure temporary housing and supportive services.

Economic Empowerment Center

Our programs help survivors of domestic violence become self-sufficient and recover from economic abuse.

Pets Are No Longer A Barrier To Shelter

Victims of domestic violence with pets face difficult choices to save their lives. Do they flee with their children and leave their pet behind? Do they place their pet with a rescue organization and hope for the best? Do they stay and try to keep their family intact despite abuse? Or is there a better way?

Very few shelters accept domestic violence victims with pets. URI has designed some shelters just for this purpose. The PALS (People and Animals Living Safely) program can mean the difference between staying in an abusive situation and having options that allow for a victim to gain independence and hope.

PALS removes barriers to entry by providing accommodations for co-living with pets of any species.

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Our Holistic Approach

We offer pet-ready apartments and services throughout New York City

They allow families and pets to live and heal together in the same secure space.

Victims are provided a full range of complementary wellness services:

  • Safety Planning
  • Case Management
  • Counseling
  • Specialized pet care
  • Veterinarians and animal behavioral specialists
  • Economic empowerment
  • Childcare services
  • Educational enhancement
  • Nutrition
  • Financial literacy

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Our aim is to break the cycle of violence, homelessness, and poverty fostering independence and hope.

In Their Own Words

I felt like I was holding my breath, and when we got in the PALS program, I felt like I could exhale. It was a safe space where I could finally feel.

Hope

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Support URI Programs

URI relies on financial support from donors like you to help families in crisis. Your donation ensures that individuals, families and their pets can escape abuse, safely heal and gain the resources needed to rebuild their lives.

Donate

Any amount can make a big difference.

Often leaving abusive situations with just the clothes on their back, domestic violence victims are starting over from square one and in need of everything from safe, secure housing to school clothes to specialized pet care from animal specialists.

$25

can provide emergency food for victims entering shelter.

$50

can provide educational materials for children in shelter.

$75

can provide behavior assessment and training for a dog suffering from trauma

$150

can provide access to therapeutic intervention for children who witness incidents of abuse.

$500

can provide startup items for domestic violence victims as they move to permanent housing.