URIPALS Now Accepts Dogs

URI and Purina are celebrating the launch of the Purina Play Haven and Dog Park, NYC’s first-ever dog park in a domestic violence shelter, marking the official expansion of the URIPALS—People and Animals Living Safely—program to welcome dogs into shelter.

Sharing the belief that people and pets are better together, URI and Purina teamed up in October 2013 to raise awareness about reducing barriers to safety for families with pets in domestic violence situations.

Thanks to Purina’s generous support, URI constructed the outdoor dog park at its largest emergency shelter, Safe Haven, where URIPALS was established in June 2013. Complete with a ramp, tunnel, bridge and platform for dogs to play and exercise, as well as overhead trellises to ensure the privacy and security of shelter residents, the Purina Play Haven is a calming retreat where domestic violence survivors and their pets can spend time healing together. READ MORE >

URI Teams Up with ASPCA

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URI is thrilled to announce its new partnership with the ASPCA in support of URIPALS (URI People and Animals Living Safely). Together, in a unique collaboration between the animal welfare community and domestic violence field, URI and the ASPCA will spotlight the critical connection between the welfare of people and pets in domestic violence situations.

In support of the program, the ASPCA is providing URI a $75,000 grant to fund a URIPALS coordinator position to ensure both clients and pets residing in URI’s largest emergency shelter receive the support and services they need to heal and move forward with their lives. READ MORE >

Happy New Year from URI!


This has been a year of extraordinary accomplishments at URI! Our clients, staff members, URI supporters, and others demonstrate the importance of what we do at URI—keeping people safe, secure, and empowered to lead better lives.

We would like to express our special thanks to Avon and their group, Avon Women Empowered (AWE) for the generous donation of gifts (pictured) that brought holiday cheer to URI’s domestic violence shelter residents and their children and pets at Safe Haven.

We extend our warmest gratitude to the BBVA Compass Foundation’s Project Blue Elf, which funded holiday activities and toys that benefit children living at URI Urban Women’s New Beginnings (UWNB) domestic violence shelter.

This spirit of giving exemplifies the true meaning of the holiday season! READ MORE >

Art as a Tool for Healing from Abuse


A Therapeutic Outlet for Shelter Residents
In an art therapy program offered at URI’s Safe Haven domestic violence shelter, residents created t-shirts with powerful messages that express their feelings about the abuse they experienced. This therapeutic outlet is one of the many ways we help our residents recover from domestic violence. SEE MORE T-SHIRTS >

URI President Nathaniel Fields Pens NY Daily News Op-Ed


Domestic violence is the leading cause of murders of women in New York City—in 2012, 2 out of every 3 female homicides resulted from an instance of domestic abuse.

Yet we often turn a blind eye to the violence next door, and rarely discuss this life-or-death issue with friends and loved ones. But domestic abuse is not a private matter; it’s a crime, and we must start making it our business. To truly combat the rising numbers of women murdered as a result of domestic violence, we call on the community—from the criminal justice system to social service providers to the general public—to work together and coordinate our efforts against this threat.

Read about the concrete steps URI proposes here in the Daily News.