The Downtown Women’s Center, along with co-lead Rainbow Services, with the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, is 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), the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services, and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office.
Research shows that domestic violence is a primary driver into homelessness for women and that gender-based violence is the most significant difference between men and women experiencing homelessness. 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:
- Decrease the number of women entering homelessness from domestic violence situations in Los Angeles
- Decrease the number of women entering chronic homelessness in Los Angeles as a result of past experiences of domestic violence and other forms of violence
- Increase the number of women moving into permanent housing in Los Angeles
- Create a model for replication and scale for dissemination across the country
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.
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.