Our agency provides services and support for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities

About BFL

Barrier Free Living (BFL) offers comprehensive support services for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities at its fully accessible BFL Freedom House domestic violence shelter, award-winning BFL Secret Garden domestic violence counseling program, and BFL Apartments that offers permanent homes with support services to survivors with disabilities and their families. BFL is based in New York City.

Learn more about Freedom House: a fully accessible emergency shelter for disabled victims of domestic violence and their families.Freedom House

Freedom House is Barrier Free Living’s safe and accessible shelter for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and their families. This BFL program offers counseling, support groups, advocacy, safety planning.

Learn more about Secret Garden: a counseling, support groups and safety planning programSecret Garden

Secret Garden is Barrier Free Living’s award winning program that offers counseling, support groups and safety planning for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities.

Learn more about Barrier Free Living (BFL) Apartments: apartments and studos for disabled victim/survivor of DV BFL Apartments

BFL Apartments offers permanent housing for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities, and veterans with disabilities. Services include on-site counseling, skill-building workshops, and community events. The complex is currently full, and there is no waiting list.

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Domestic Violence and Disabilities Issues and Solutions

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Children and adults with disabilities are four times more likely to be abused then those without disabilities.


In the NYC metropolitan area, women with a disability earn on average nearly $9,000 less than women without disabilities, and $16,000 per year less than men without a disability.


The number of outreaches done by BFL’s Secret Garden team in 2019. The team also offered 2,266 face to face session to survivors of domestic violence in 2019.

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