Emergency Domestic and Sexual Violence Shelter

What we do
Hotline: If you are being abused or are concerned about someone else, please call our 24/7 domestic & sexual violence hotline at 1-800-439-6507.

Hotline advocates offer safety planning, resources, support, information, referrals and crisis response to shelter or any our Community Based Services (link), please call our hotline. Please call 911 if you’re in a life threatening emergency. Should you call? The answer is yes; if you are in a relationship where you are being abused by someone with whom you have an intimate relationship.

Types of abuse: domestic violence/abuse; dating violence, stalking. Types of relationships same at heterosexual/individuals with disabilities, people of color, male & female survivors, older adults and immigrant and refugee victims.

Any member of the community may contact the hotline with questions about domestic violence.

Emergency Shelter Services

Independence House shelter location is confidential and welcomes all victims/survivors and their children in a residential, safe and nurturing home like setting where you can take the time needed to find safety and healing. Shelter advocates work with school districts to coordinate educational services for your children.

Supportive/Advocacy/Counseling Services

  • Safety Planning
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Individual & Group Counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Children’s Programming
  • Housing Support, Advocacy & Referrals for Transitional Housing
  • Special Activities & Programming
  • Childcare for Survivors Living at the Shelter
  • Sheltering For Your Domestic Pet While You Are In Shelter

Our staff are dedicated and committed to empowerment

Please contact our Hotline for more information



Children Exposed To Domestic Violence are impacted emotionally, socially, psychologically and their overall development may be impacted.

Independence House Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter Children’s Program provides a soothing and safe environment for children and young people to process the impact of violence at home and to take the time just to be kids.

The Children’s Program advocates, support and assists parents and children in the shelter environment. Available services include evidence based, psycho-educational group activities and individual counseling and advocacy.

Additional Children’s Program Activities

  • Play time focused on healing
  • Field trips
  • Parenting support/training
  • Homework and education assistance
  • Coordination with area school to assure children’s education needs are met

Our Children’s Program is focused on enhancing and supporting positive parental bond between parents at the shelter and their children. Our program offers supportive activities and access to tools and resources that are likely to achieve this outcome.

Independence House would like to recognize the following agencies, corporate sponsors and community for the support of the shelter operations.

The Department of Public Health, 10-year emergency shelter contract

Sponsorships that support significant portions of the emergency shelter
Cape and Island United Way
Lawrence Lynch Corporation
Cape Cod Aggregates
Aggregate Industries
Robert B. Our Company
The Edward Bangs Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation

Thank you to the Barnstable Sunrise Rotary for their pledge to provide welcome baskets for each shelter resident upon their arrival on an ongoing bases.  And, special thanks you to the numerous members of our community who took part in our shelter shower to provide individual items that help create a warm, safe, and welcoming space for the temporary stay of survivors in the emergency shelter.

Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships