Domestic violence shelters offer confidential temporary housing to give abuse victims refuge from their abusers, according to HelpGuide.org. Shelters may also refer abuse victims to other community services.
Some domestic violence shelters offer transitional living programs as well as housing, according to FindCounseling.com. Transitional housing programs provide women and their children with an apartment that the shelter owns and often charge rent on a sliding scale. Shelters also provide counseling and education services for children, and many offer therapy for abusers as well. Many shelters help abuse victims find new jobs as well as other resources they need to begin a new life away from their abusers, according to HelpGuide.org.