On a given night, there are over 12,000 individual and family households in domestic violence (DV) shelters, with thousands more victims of violence waiting for space to open up (NNEDV, 2016). For women, families, and other survivors of domestic violence who can't safely return to their home, and who need more time and support than a short-term DV shelter provides—to heal, address pressing needs, and arrange for safe and sustainable housing—transitional housing programs operated with grant support from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) represent a vital alternative to homelessness, extended housing instability, and/or dangerous return to the abusive living situation they fled.
Transitional Housing for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence: A 2014-15 Snapshot takes a comprehensive look at the challenges facing transitional housing programs and the survivors of domestic and sexual violence that they serve, the underlying issues and contributing factors, and the diverse approaches taken by programs to address those challenges.
Developed by AIR’s National Center on Family Homelessness with funding from OVW (Grant #2012-TA-AX-K003), the report and accompanying media were informed by extended provider interviews with more than 120 current and former OVW grantees (42% of whom also received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), and a thorough literature review and survey of relevant online resources.
The Snapshot includes:
- A 12-chapter report incorporating a rich and illustrative mix of provider comments from the aforementioned interviews, as well as a comprehensive review of (and links to) pertinent literature and online resources.
- Five recorded webinars, with accompanying slides and transcripts, that describe and provide some highlights from the report.
- Four podcasts with transcripts featuring interviews discussing provider approaches.
- Two broadsides, brief topical snapshots, of provider approaches, in the providers' own words.
Read the brief overview, executive summary, or full text of each chapter:
- Chapter 01 - Definition of Success and Performance Measurement
- Chapter 02 - Survivor Access and Participant Selection
- Chapter 03 - Program Housing Models
- Chapter 04 - Taking a Survivor-Centered/Empowerment Approach: Rules Reduction, Voluntary Services, and Participant Engagement
- Chapter 05 - Program Staffing
- Chapter 06 - Length of Stay
- Chapter 07 - Subpopulations and Cultural/Linguistic Competence
- Chapter 08 - OVW Constituencies
- Chapter 09 - Approach to Services: Providing Basic Support and Assistance
- Chapter 10 - Challenges and Approaches to Obtaining Housing and Financial Sustainability
- Chapter 11 - Trauma-Specific and Trauma-Informed Services for Survivors and Their Children
- Chapter 12 - Funding and Collaboration: Opportunities and Challenges
- Project Approach and Methodology │ Slides (PDF) │Transcript (PDF)
- Overview - Chapters 1-4 │ Slides (PDF) │Transcript (PDF)
- Overview - Chapters 5-8 │ Slides (PDF)│Transcript (PDF)
- Overview - Chapters 9-10 │ Slides (PDF)│Transcript (PDF)
- Overview - Chapters 11-12 │ Slides (PDF)│Transcript (PDF)
- District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) Washington, DC │Transcript (PDF)
- Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) Tulsa, OK │Transcript (PDF)
- Safe Place Austin, TX │Transcript (PDF)
- Women's Resource Center (WRC) Scranton, PA │Transcript (PDF)
Broadsides (Topical Snapshots)
- Provider Approaches to Employment-Related Assistance (PDF)
- Provider Approaches to Serving Children (PDF)