Domestic violence does not have to be physical abuse; it can also be psychological, sexual, emotional, or financial. For families and individuals who are at-risk of homelessness due to such mistreatment, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and Human Resources Administration (HRA) provide confidential services to help.
Located onsite at DHS' Prevention Assistance & Temporary Housing (PATH) family intake center, HRA's Project No Violence Again (NoVA) staff addresses the needs of domestic violence victims seeking temporary emergency shelter in the City of New York. Located on the facility's sixth floor, the office has hours seven days per week and provides assessment, placement assistance, crisis information, and referrals to families. NoVA social workers are also stationed in several DHS shelters to provide individual and group counseling, advocacy, referrals, and information to clients affected by domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Hotlines
HRA's Office of Domestic Violence also provides social services and emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence. To protect the victims, the shelters' locations are kept confidential.
NYC 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE
Victims of domestic violence may receive temporary housing, emergency shelter and supportive services for themselves and their children. All programs provide a safe environment as well as counseling, advocacy and referral services.
Domestic violence and abuse can include:
- Hitting, slapping, kicking or using any other kind of physical violence against you
- Forcing you to have sex when you don't want to, or to do sexual things you don't want to do
- Threatening to hurt you, your children, or someone else you care about
- Constantly insulting and criticizing you
- Stalking, obsessively checking up on or otherwise trying to control your behavior
If you or someone you know is experiencing this kind of behavior from a partner, please call New York City's 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-621-HOPE.
Other contact numbers
Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP)
Find information on other city resources from the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence