Shelters and Community Groups

Below is a partial list of the incredible shelters & community groups we partner with to bring trauma-informed yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our goal is to become a true partner with these organizations and work together to create a safe space and practice that meets the needs of both survivors and employees.

Barrier Free Living supports individuals with disabilities to live dignified lives free of all forms of abuse and bias. We work with people with disabilities — both survivors of domestic violence and homeless men, women and children — to thrive in safe, supportive communities. For more information visit

Bottomless Closet works to reduce the barriers New York City women face in the search for employment as well as provide on-going support and education so they gain the tools to succeed in their professional lives. Learn more

CAMBA provides services in six core areas: economic development, education & youth development, family support services, HIV/AID services, housing services & development, and legal services. CAMBA’s family support services include family violence intervention, foster care prevention, maternal and infant health intervention, nutritional services and refugee resettlement. For more information visit:

CONNECT is dedicated to preventing interpersonal violence and promoting gender justice. By building partnerships with individuals and communities, CONNECT strives to help change the beliefs, behaviors and institutions that perpetuate violence. Through legal empowerment, grassroots mobilization and transformative education, CONNECT seeks to create safe families and peaceful communities. To find out more visit:

Since 1977 The Crime Victims Treatment Center has been helping survivors of interpersonal violence heal. Our support comes in the forms of crisis intervention, individual and group trauma-focused therapy, legal advocacy, complementary therapy and psychiatric consultation. We are available from the moments following an assault, all the way through the culmination of a survivor’s healing process. All of our services are confidential and completely free of charge.

Dove House Advocacy Services provides free, confidential crisis intervention and advocacy services
to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and general crime. We believe in the right of every individual to feel and be safe. Confidentiality is a key component of safety. We encourage self determination when developing safety plans. All services are free of charge. Learn more:

The Dwelling Place, a sponsored ministry of The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, is a privately-funded transitional residence for homeless women located in Midtown Manhattan. Since 1977, they’ve provided shelter, sustenance and support to thousands of women. Their safe, healing, and structured environment offers women the space and time to develop a sustainable plan for building a healthy, independent lifestyle. Learn more:

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. For more information visit:

Her Justice engages the talent and resources of New York City’s law firms, bringing together committed lawyers and determined women to secure life-changing results. The women served by Her Justice face poverty and abuse every day. They struggle to care for their children and keep them safe from harm. For more information visit:

The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV), established in 2001, oversees the citywide delivery of domestic violence services, develops policies and programs, and works with diverse communities to increase awareness of domestic violence. OCDV works alongside City agencies, community based and advocacy organizations, local leaders, and service providers to expand access to services citywide for victims and their children to receive the help that they need. Visit

The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV), established in 2001, oversees the citywide delivery of domestic violence services, develops policies and programs, and works with diverse communities to increase awareness of domestic violence. OCDV works alongside City agencies, community based and advocacy organizations, local leaders, and service providers to expand access to services citywide for victims and their children to receive the help that they need. Visit

The mission of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is to prevent sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes through education, research and advocacy. For more information visit:

El Nido provides a place of hope and community in Washington Heights for families and their young children (ages 0-3 years) who are at or below the federal poverty line. We seek to nurture their minds, bodies, and spirits through personalized support, community connections, and financial assistance. Learn more:

The mission of NMIC is to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the people in our community on their paths to secure and prosperous futures. NMIC staff can identify and address a broad array of immediate needs, integrating numerous crisis intervention services under one roof. With their crises resolved, clients move seamlessly to capacity building services through holistic programs designed to support individuals and families as they transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. Learn more at

Sakhi for South Asian Women exists to end violence against women. We unite survivors, communities, and institutions to eradicate domestic violence as we work together to create strong and healthy communities. Sakhi uses an integrated approach that combines support and empowerment through service delivery, community engagement, advocacy, and policy initiatives. Learn more at

Operated by Sanctuary for Families, families enter Sarah Burke House (SBH) after leaving a domestic violence crisis shelter. While many families’ most pressing needs have been met by the time they enter transitional shelter, barriers remain. Our staff work closely with families to help them find housing and plan for the long term. SBH is New York’s first and largest transitional shelter for survivors of domestic violence. The facility is state-of-the-art, and includes group rooms, a library, a large and cheery children’s space, and an outdoor play area. SBH houses 58 families, most who stay for more than eight months. For more information visit:

The Seamen’s Society operates Safe Passage – a non-residential domestic violence intervention program on Staten Island. Services include crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, legal services and parent/child support groups. Safe Passage works closely with survivors to increase their independence from the batterer, as well as to empower them to make healthier choices for their future. Learn more at

At Services for the Underserved we envision a city where everyone has a roof over their head, is healthy, productive and can enjoy the social connections that create a life of purpose. Our vision allows us to deliver the same quality of services to one individual or to thousands. No challenge is beyond our scope. Learn more at

STEPS to End Violence (STEPS) is a holistic program of services for victims of gender-based violence with a focus on prevention, intervention, and policy advocacy. Spurred by a call to action resulting from an historic hearing at Bedford Hills Women’s Prison in which twelve women testified to their histories of battering and its relationship to the charges which eventually brought them to Bedford, STEPS has been providing holistic, trauma-informed services since 1986. Begun with a staff of two as a court advocacy project for battered women defendants, the program has since grown exponentially and now reaches over 5,000 New Yorkers each year. Learn more here

Violence Intervention Program, Inc. (VIP) fills a gap in domestic violence services for Latinas and their children in a culturally competent environment that is supportive, non-judgmental, and respects each woman’s right to self-determination. Our unique approach to domestic violence intervention focuses on supporting women who are not only making the transition from victim to survivor, but also those who as immigrants, find themselves in unfamiliar and often inhospitable territory. To find out more visit:

For decades, Womankind has been serving survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence of all ages. We provide innovative healing services and award-winning assistance to women and their children. Depending on circumstance, they have access to a safe place to live, assistance with housing, employment, English language training, legal immigration assistance, financial empowerment, and so much more.

YWCA Glendale’s mission is to empower women, girls and children in our communities through education and intervention to achieve independence, well-being, health, self-sufficiency and a life free from violence, and to draw people together to attain peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

If you believe in our mission and would like to help, please click here to make a tax deductible donation. If you would like to participate in Movement for Meaning, click here. If you would like to establish a program at your shelter or community center and you are in NY or L.A., just click to send us a message.


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