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Safe Homes Project

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Safe homes

For nearly 40 years, Good Shepherd Services’ Safe Homes Project has been working to confront and eliminate domestic and partner violence in New York City. We provide a full array of services, which include a hotline, counseling, safety-planning, as well as a 20-bed shelter for survivors and their children.

In addition, we offer a wide-range of consultation, training, and educational services to community and professional groups and work to improve laws and policies affecting survivors. We also provide targeted services for special populations, including Spanish-speakers, youth, and LGBTQ survivors of partner violence.

All services are free and offered in both English and Spanish.

24-hour hotline: 718-499-2151

Our hotline provides crisis counseling, information, and referrals to support groups, counseling, safety planning, legal assistance referrals, criminal justice and family court advocacy, orders of protection, and shelter.

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Services Offered:

  • Support groups
    Weekly facilitated support groups (in both English and Spanish) provide survivors with support and camaraderie, while reducing isolation and self-blame.
  • Counseling
    We provide short-term counseling in both English and Spanish. Counseling is focused on resolving the immediate crisis, regaining a sense of personal power, and planning for safety.
  • Legal advocacy
    We assist survivors in obtaining legal consultation and representation when there are legal issues with regard to immigration, child custody, visitation, divorce, and housing through linkages with legal providers that are familiar with domestic violence.
  • Shelter
    Our confidentially located shelter houses 20 individuals at any given time. Survivors and their children have private bedrooms and share living, kitchen, playroom, and laundry facilities. In addition to support groups, counseling, legal advocacy and children’s services, families in shelter receive help in securing public assistance and other services, locating transitional and permanent housing, obtaining medical care, education and employment information, and planning for a safer future.
  • Children/youth services
    In addition to social recreational groups, we provide support services to the children who are living in our shelter with their parents. Our services are focused on providing children with a place where they can explore their feelings, find support and validation, and learn to increase safety.
  • LGBTQ services
    We provide all of our services to survivors of same-sex/gender partner-violence and to those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, including short-term counseling, safety planning, advocacy, support group, referrals, and shelter.
  • Community outreach
    From its inception the Safe Homes Project has been committed to changing the way we think of domestic violence in that abuse is not a personal problem, but a public one. By moving this issue into the public arena, we can respond to it as a community.

We are actively involved in advocacy and policy efforts to affect changes in systems that impact survivors of domestic violence. Staff and volunteers raise awareness through outreach at community events as well as presentations and trainings to a wide range of audiences,

Program Locations

Confidential Location|All GSS Bronx and Brooklyn neighborhoods