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.
Survivors 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:
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.
If you are a victim of human trafficking, you may be eligible for services in New York State that will assist with shelter, food, medical care, protection and legal assistance. If you are a victim of human trafficking and an immigrant, you may be eligible for services as well as help from the federal government with adjusting your immigration status. If you are a U.S. citizen, or a child of one, or have a qualifying immigration status, you may be eligible for public assistance benefits. Learn more about NYS OTDA Assistance for Victims of Human Trafficking.
OTDA funds providers in New York State that will help victims of human trafficking become secure, independent individuals. View a list of NYC Metro Area providers at New York State Human Trafficking Providers. Anyone who suspects they may be a victim or a witness to human trafficking is encouraged to call the Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888, which will help with locating resources within your community. You can also text “HELP” to 233733 (BeFree).
Find information on other city resources from the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence