Services and support for survivors of domestic violence
with disabilities

About BFL

Learn more about Transitional Housing: a safe shelter for the activity daily living dependentTransitional Housing

After 28 years of operation, Barrier Free Living’s Transitional Housing program closed its doors on April 30, 2018. Barrier Free Living Founder, President/CEO Paul Feuerstein reflects on this ground-breaking program’s successes and challenges working with people with disabilities in New York City. Read his letter here. 

If you have a disability and are looking for reasonable accommodation at a DHS shelter use this form here.


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

Permanent homes for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and veterans with disabilities. On site counseling, skill-building workshops and community events.

The complex is currently full. 


Meet Us

Meet the newest members of Barrier Free Living’s leadership team… Read More


Deaf Services

Learn how BFL’s Deaf Services team works with survivors of domestic violence. Read More

View our ASL Film here. 

Domestic Violence and Disabilities Issues and Solutions

4 times

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 2018. The team also offered 2,339 face to face session to survivors of domestic violence.

Your can make a difference. Volunteer, get your company involved in a project, or donate to BFL.

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Latest News

Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House: Domestic Violence Survivor Spotlight | Read

Staff Spotlight: Patricia Motus | Read

BFL Volunteer Spotlight: Sophie Horrocks | Read

Barrier Free Living’s Secret Garden American Sign Language Film | Read

Barrier Free Living’s Clothesline Project 2019 | Read

Emily’s Journey: Survivor Spotlight (Part 2) | Read

Emily: A Survivor’s Journey | Read

Victim To Victor: Author Interview | Read

Meditative Treatments For Domestic Violence Shelter Residents | Read

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Supporter Spotlight: Spread The Sparkle! | Read