The Downtown Women’s Center, co-lead with Rainbow Services, are building and leading a cross-sector Domestic Violence and Homeless Services Coalition (DVHSC) to create a client-centered system that increases access to safe housing and supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Leading partners in the coalition include the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), Community Legal Services of Southeast Los Angeles County, CSH Speak Up!, Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council, and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office.
2019 Community Connections Summit
Join us August 8th for our 2019 Community Connections Summit! Held at the Double Tree Hotel in Little Tokyo this years summit is full of innovative and timely speakers and panels about the intersections of domestic violence and homelessness. Click here to learn more about the event and day of agenda.
If you have any questions about the event please email DVHSC@DowntownWomensCenter.org
Goals of DVHSC
Domestic violence and homeless/housing services no longer run on parallel paths. While the identification of the connection between these two social problems has engendered change, more work is needed to formulate strategies that are client-centered and survivor-driven.
The goals of DVHSC are to:
- Establish a cross-sector coalition that will facilitate systems change and maintain effective collaborative relationships, buy in, and representation from domestic violence & homeless services organizations
- Promote increased skills and knowledge sharing between the domestic violence and homeless systems
- Increase coordination between domestic violence, homeless services, housing providers and government agencies
- Create a workable Coordinated Entry (CE) system for domestic violence victims, either parallel or part of the mainstream homeless system
- Enhance safe housing options for survivors
- Ensure survivor confidentiality in all data collection mechanisms
- Ensure lived experience voice is included in all aspects of systems alignment work
If you would like to join the Coalition, please email Amy Turk at AmyT@DowntownWomensCenter.org.
Focus Group Report
In 2017, DVHSC conducted 12 county-wide focus groups with domestic violence survivors who had experienced homelessness. The findings from these focus groups resulted in the DVHSC Focus Groups Report: Survivor Solutions to Program and Systems Change.
Previous Community Connections Event
DVHSC held a community event on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, to share the progress and findings from our coalition work and hear from experts on best practices and innovative solutions in this area. It brought together 250 leaders from homeless service agencies, domestic violence agencies, and government agencies to address systemic issues that impede housing for survivors.
Download presentations from the event below:
- Survivor Focus Group Findings
- From National to LA: Innovative Practices at the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Housing, and Homelessness
- Preventing and Addressing Homelessness: A Legal Services Approach for Survivors
- Unlocking the Potential of Sharing Data
- From Power Over to Power With: Applying Trauma-Informed Care to Our Work
- Funding Domestic Violence Housing Solutions
- What Is Survivor-Driven Advocacy?
- Mobile Advocacy: Moving Beyond the Shelter Model
- Shelter Is a Verb: Embracing Housing First Principles in our Domestic Violence Response
- Table Talk Response
- Event Response
To view more event photos, visit our Facebook album.