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National Guidance

There are a number of resources on the connections between housing and domestic violence that have been developed at the national level.  The resources below are geared toward advocates working with survivors, but may be helpful to anyone looking for more information about these issues.

Housing First Model

  • The Housing First model has been shown to be a highly effective approach to achieving permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals with serious mental illness and chemical dependency. There are numerous components of the model that lend themselves toward achieving similar goals for homeless domestic violence (DV) survivors and their children. This article describes the commonalities between the Housing First model and the tenets of DV victim advocacy work and explores how Housing First can be adapted to effectively achieve safe and stable housing for DV survivors and their children.

  • This checklist, compiled by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is for domestic violence programs to assess their progress toward implementing the Domestic Violence Housing First approach, and to identify areas for improvement.

Determining Housing Needs for DV/SV Survivors: A Decision Tree as an Alternative to a Score Sheet

Community-Based Advocates Toolkit

Using the Danger Assessment

Assessing Vulnerability, Prioritizing Risk

Category 4 HEARTH Homeless Designation

Our Member Organizations

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