Safe Homes Project

Initiated in 1976, the Safe Homes Project (SHP) is a community-based domestic violence advocacy and service program which provides a hotline, counseling, safety-planning and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and runs a 20-bed shelter.  SHP also provides education and training about domestic and intimate partner violence to professional and community groups throughout New York, works to improve laws and policies affecting survivors, and provides targeted services for special populations, including Spanish-speakers, youth, and LGBTQ survivors of partner violence.  The Safe Homes Project is committed to working to eradicate domestic and partner violence and to providing the support, information, and advocacy needed for individuals and communities to live safely. 

…Until All Homes are Safe Homes


“Flags of Hope” Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2013

Safe Homes Project's "Flags of Hope," a flag-making event in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, was held in October, 2012. Beautiful flags were created by survivors, supporters, youth, and community members, sending messages of hope, safety, peace, and justice. The flags were displayed at the Park Slope United Methodist Church and at the YWCA of Brooklyn to take a public stand for justice and peace, and against domestic violence.  This October, 2013, the "Flags of Hope" will be displayed, together with Safe Homes Project "Clothesline Project" T-shirts ( at the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, where Safe Homes Project is a partner at the Family Justice Center.  You can view the flags and T-shirts in the lobby at 350 Jay Street until October 2014.

SHP LGBTQ Shelter Inclusion

SHP has been working to make our program affirming, welcoming, and culturally competent when serving diverse LGBTQ survivors. Recently, our shelter, Poetry House, having engaged in a process of learning and training with NYC Anti-Violence Project became more fully inclusive. In addition to serving people of all racial, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, as well as survivors with differing language and ability needs, we serve all sexual orientations, and gender identities, including survivors that may be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. SHP is proud to continue as a member of the New York State LGBTQ Domestic Violence Network.

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“Know Your Rights,” Spanish Language Legal Symposium

In May, 2013 The Safe Homes Project presented "Conosca Sus Derechos," ("Know Your Rights),

An informational workshop about legal remedies for undocumented survivors of domestic violence. Safe Homes brought together attorneys from Sanctuary for Families, Brooklyn Legal Aid, & South Brooklyn Legal Services to present straight-forward and accurate information about immigration housing, and other legal issues, followed by free individual consultations for survivors. The entire event was held in Spanish and hosted at the YWCA of Brooklyn, with DoVE funds, (Domestic Violence Empowerment), generously provided by councilmember Brad Lander.

Working with Youth

Day One, an organization that assists youth with learning about and combating relationship and dating violence, held four workshops for young people whose mothers have been participants at the Safe Homes Project.  The workshops included warning signs of abuse, different types of abuse, and how to help a friend that may be at risk. Interactive activities also explored messages about gender, discussed consent and coercion, and helped youth to define healthy boundaries and communication in their relationships.  See the links page for more information about Day One.

SHP at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center

SHP continues as an onsite partner at the Family Justice Center where we meet with survivors for counseling, advocacy, referral, and support groups in English and Spanish. SHP also partners with FJC on the Early Victim's Engagement (EVE) Project, where a dedicated caseworker reaches out to survivors who's cases involve a high level of risk and who are in need of increased safety planning and criminal justice advocacy. All of our services: individual counseling, support groups, legal and other forms of advocacy and referral continue as well at our home office, which can be reached by calling our hotline: 718-499-2151.

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What is Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence?

Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence is a pattern of behaviors and tactics used by one person in an intimate relationship to maintain control and power over his/her partner.  These tactics may be verbally, emotionally, sexually, financially, and/or physically harmful and coercive.  Abusers will often become more dangerous and controlling over time.  Some survivors fight back physically, some do not, but all survivors do things to try and stay safe. 

No one ever deserves to be abused.

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