During this COVID-19 crisis, the Shelter for Help in Emergency remains dedicated to providing emergency services for victims of domestic violence and their children with the priority of maintaining the safety, health and well-being of our community. 

During this time of social distancing, victims are at an increased danger due to home confinement with their abuser.  As a way to gain power and control over their victims, an abuser may take advantage of an already stressful situation by withholding medical attention, taking away recommended safety measures such as hand sanitizer and/or cleaning products, or further isolating their victims by hindering their ability to interact with family and friends by phone or over the internet. 

The Shelter WILL remain open and ready to serve victims during this time of uncertainty.  Our mission to end domestic violence in our community is strong and unwavering.  If you or someone you know is in need of services, please call our 24-hour hotline at (434) 293-8509.

In the interest of ensuring a healthy environment we are limiting access to our Community Outreach Center to staff and others by appointment.  Please ring the doorbell for assistance.

Please note that if you wish to assist the Shelter during this time, we are accepting donations of the following (only): Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Hand Sanitizer, Sanitizing Wipes, Sanitizing Spray, Hand Soap, Dish Detergent, Laundry Detergent Pods (HE only). 

We also welcome your visit to our website donate page if you are interested in making a monetary donation.  

Who We Are

The Shelter offers a variety of trauma-informed services designed to empower the victims of domestic violence and to create a community of support.

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1979

Founded
in Charlottesville

5,000+

Volunteer hours
per year

1,200+

Hotline calls
per year

5,000

Nights of safe shelter
per year

400

Adults & children served
per year

About Us

Shelter for Help in Emergency is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Shelter for Help in Emergency provides comprehensive trauma-informed services to victims of domestic violence.

P.O. Box 1013
Charlottesville, VA 22902

24-Hour Hotline: 434-293-8509
Community Outreach Center: 434-963-4676