Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos, Inc. (Casa Julia) is the first shelter for women survivors of domestic violence that was established in Puerto Rico in 1979. Since its founding, Casa Julia has played an important role in protecting and assisting victims of domestic violence. It has taken on the task of developing escape, safety and contingency plans, creating safe spaces for the placement of mothers and their children who are being stalked by the aggressor, at imminent risk of physical and psychological harm and worse, wandering.
Through shelter, guidance and counselling services, participants are guided through a process of empowerment whereby they recognise their potential to take control of their lives and live a life free from violence.
Today we have two additional centres in the municipalities of Ponce and Aguadilla. Both centres offer outpatient services for women who for some reason cannot be housed.