Sanctuary for Families



Sanctuary for Families is New York's largest nonprofit agency exclusively dedicated to serving the clinical, economic, legal, and shelter needs of domestic violence victims and their children. We offer a comprehensive, interconnected range of services including crisis and transitional housing, individual and group counseling, legal services, housing and benefits assistance, a mentoring program, and a specialized program for children who have witnessed or experienced abuse. Sanctuary for Families envisions a society in which freedom from domestic violence is a basic human right. We are dedicated to the safety, healing, and self-sufficiency of battered women and their children.

Mission: Sanctuary for Families is dedicated to meeting the needs of victims of domestic violence, while advocating for societal change and raising public awareness to end violence against all women and their children. Central to Sanctuary's work with individual clients and its efforts to advocate and educate is the belief that this is a crime that must not be tolerated. Domestic violence is pervasive, crossing all racial, socioeconomic and national boundaries and affecting people of every age, sexual orientation and immigration status. Since its founding in 1984, Sanctuary has become a recognized model among domestic violence agencies by providing a range of culturally sensitive and integrated services. To protect and empower battered women, Sanctuary provides crisis intervention, emergency and transitional housing, individual and group counseling, job readiness and mentoring programs. Though our legal center, we offer legal advice and direct representation, mentor volunteer attorneys, and advocate legal reform. We believe that our clients must be active participants in claiming control of their lives. To that end, Sanctuary responds to the needs of each client with professionalism and compassion.
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