Several weeks ago, the Network started a conversation about a pilot project taking shape in Springfield which is focused on creating a more integrated service response to victims of domestic violence who are homeless. The work is coming out of recommendations from the System’s Change and Integration Committee of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence, which released the Blueprint Report: Domestic Violence in August 2009. The slide show summarizes the report.
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty has produced a factsheet on homelessness, housing and violence against women. A summary:
- A significant majority of homeless women have experienced domestic or sexual violence at some point in their lives.
- Between 22% and 57% of homeless women report that domestic or sexual violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness.
- Women-headed households are disproportionately represented among homeless families, among residents of subsidized housing, and in court eviction proceedings.
- Many women remain in, or return to, abusive relationships because of inadequate housing options, discrimination, and poverty.
Watch the blog for further updates on this important initiative.