Places that Help: New York
Updated: December 4, 2015
Included in this list are shelters and local programs that provide support, counseling, safety planning, and other services to victims of abuse in New York City. Please note that we list the organizations in the borough where the office is located – however, many offices may likely serve multiple boroughs. We indicate the “counties served” whenever possible. You can click “View All” to look through the complete list of organizations. To find a domestic violence shelter, and for help with immediate safety planning, you can also call the City’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-HOPE (4673). (Have a suggestion or correction? Contact us!)
Arab-American Family Support Center (Brooklyn locations)
150 Court Street, 3rd Flr
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 643-8000 (Court Street location)
718-250-5035 (BK Fam Justice Ctr location, 350 Jay St)
The Arab-American Family Support Center is the first and largest Arabic-speaking trauma informed social service agency in New York City. They promote equality for under-served populations as well as assisting them in complex situations due to language barrier. Their anti-violence program offers services to victims of domestic violence including crisis intervention individual counseling, support groups, empowerment groups for education and prevention of domestic violence, and court accompaniments and translation on a case by case basis.
Caribbean Women's Health Association, Inc.
Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA) conducts programs that aim to improve the well-being of individuals, to strengthen families and empower communities. These programs are uniquely designed to provide comprehensive, integrated, culturally appropriate and coordinated “one-stop” service. Specifically helping victims of domestic violence, they conduct educational sessions to youths and young adults in Flatbush and other surrounding neighborhoods on domestic violence. In order to provide more comprehensive and coordinated services, this domestic violence program will develop linkages with other community resource centers, such as the Brooklyn Family Justice Center.
Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
(718) 331-6800: English, x 149; Russian, x 147
Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurt is a center for the community that is rooted in Jewish values (but they will help people of any religion). They provide services for victims of domestic violence (regardless of religion), including , counseling, benefits assistance, referrals, and community education.
New York Asian Women's Center - Brooklyn office
62-15 5th Avenue
(Also located at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, 350 Jay Street, 15th Floor)
Brooklyn, NY 11220
New York Asian Women Center helps women and their children in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens overcome domestic violence and other forms of abuse. Services include: 24-hour hotline that is multilingual, support programs and shelter services. In addition, the Center works to raise public awareness about violence against women, advocates for the rights of survivors, and acts as an agent of social change.
New York City Family Justice Center - Brooklyn
(718) 250-5111 - press 6
The FJCs provide many criminal justice, civil legal, and social services in one location to victims/survivors of domestic violence, trafficking and elder abuse. Services include safety planning and risk assessment, counseling for victims and their children, civil legal assistance on immigration and family court matters, meeting with a prosecutor, accessing shelter, applying for housing and financial assistance, filing police reports, language interpretation, and a wide-range of self-sufficiency services including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, financial literacy and counseling, computer skills classes, and many other services. Each FJC has a Children’s Room where children ages 3 and up can play in a safe and supervised space while their parents receive services. Appointments are not needed - you may just walk in to the FJC Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. To see a list of agencies that are housed at the FJC, see here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/ocdv/downloads/pdf/NYCFJC_List_Services.pdf
North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence
North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence provides services to assist domestic violence victims, including: crisis intervention, counseling, emergency assistance, criminal justice advocacy, assistance in filing orders of protection, and direct representation and legal advocacy in family offense, custody/visitation, matrimonial cases, and domestic violence-based immigration relief.
Safe Horizon - Brooklyn Community Program
50 Court Street, 9th Fl
(Also located at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, 350 Jay Street, 15th Floor 718.250.5111)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(800) 621-HOPE (621-4673)
Safe Horizon’s Community Programs offer the following services to victims of crime and abuse: Crisis Intervention, Case Management, Practical/Emergency Assistance, Information and Referrals, Individual Counseling, Support Groups, Advocacy, and Community/Public Education Presentations.
Sanctuary For Families, Inc. - Brooklyn Family Justice Center
718-250-5111 (Family Justice Center)
212-349-6000 (main office for Sanctuary for Families)
Sanctuary for Families provides domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children with a range of comprehensive services. These services are provided in four boroughs; Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. Some of the services that are offered are clinical services, legal services (including family law, matrimonial law, and immigration law and more), shelter services and children’s programs, etc. Services are also provided in Spanish.
Steps to End Family Violence
Steps to End Family Violence provides services that include advocacy and referrals, individual and group counseling, crisis counseling, parenting and children groups, civil legal services, and re-entry case support and counseling STEPS has three domains of practice - our Community Based Services programs, our Youth programs and our Justice-Involved programs. Our Community Based Services programs provides community based therapeutic services to survivors of gender-based violence - most commonly intimate partner violence - and children impacted by batterer behavior. Any survivor of abuse - even those who are not justice-involved are eligible for those services. Our Justice-Involved programs - ATI, Re-Entry and Anti-Trafficking programs - only work with survivors of gender-based violence who have been arrested and/or incarcerated.
The Park Slope Safe Homes Project
PO Box 150429
Van Brunt Station
Brooklyn, NY 11215
The Park Slope Safe Homes Project is a community-based program that offers services to women and their children in Park Slope who are victims of domestic violence. The services they provide are emergency short-term shelter, a hotline, crisis counseling and advocacy through the staff as well as support groups.
Urban Resource Institute
25 Chapel Street, Suite 904
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Center Against Domestic Violence offer services to victims of domestic violence. Services include safe houses, counseling and personal advocacy. Services are offered in Spanish.
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