“Suddenly it all hit me, and I realized that he was trying to control me and everything I did.”

Domestic Violence Services

For victims fleeing violence, finding a safe place to go is just the first of many hurdles they will face. URI’s holistic approach to healing goes far beyond providing shelter; our innovative services and programs allow survivors to heal, gain independence and safely rebuild their lives.

URI shelters provide safety and refuge to over 600 domestic abuse survivors, giving them the space and support they need to heal and rebuild their lives.
We provide support to 400 children exposed to abuse, helping them heal and protecting them from lasting effects of violence.
We offer 50 animal-friendly units across four shelters so survivors do not have to abandon a beloved pet in order to enter a URI shelter.

There is no one face of a domestic abuse victim.  As one of the largest and most comprehensive domestic violence residential service providers in New York City, we are committed to serving all survivors, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, race , socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity.

Learn more about URI’s work in this Q & A with our president and CEO, Nathaniel  Fields.

We provide shelter and safety for victims, their children, and pets. We operate both emergency shelters, which help and house survivors immediately following their escape from abuse, and transitional shelters, which provides survivors longer-term support while they look for permanent housing.

Our PALS (People and Animals Living Safely) program--the only program in New York City and one of the few nationally--allows survivors to co-shelter with their pets.

We help victims heal. Our counselors and social workers meet with clients one-on-one and in group settings to help them recover from emotional and physical trauma, build their confidence, and begin to envision a future that they control.

We foster stability and independence. URI’s specialized programs provide survivors with the foundation they need to become self-sufficient and independent. We work with them to find permeant housing, provide job-skills training, professional development opportunities, financial literacy education, and legal assistance to help resolve issues such as custody, immigration issues, and orders of protection.

We offer hope.


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*represents FY16 only