An abusive husband, three kids and no place to go

An abusive husband, three kids and no place to go. That’s what Bryan told LifeWire’s Helpline staff when he called. Because many local domestic violence shelters don’t have places where men can comfortably stay, Bryan and his three children were facing homelessness.

Domestic violence survivors can face many challenges when leaving an abusive partner: homelessness, financial instability and the continued threat of violence.
LGBTQ survivors may experience other barriers to help. Gay men and transgender individuals may not be welcomed or comfortable at female only domestic violence shelters. Survivors may also have legal concerns about custody if they have non-biological children.

When Bryan came to LifeWire, he and his family moved into our Emergency Shelter, My Sister’s Home, right away. Because of the unique setup of our shelter, the family was admitted without any problems. For the first time in a long time, the family feels welcome and safe.

Domestic Violence and Homelessness

Woman driving a car

Alicia has never slept in a building doorway. She and her kids have never spent the night in a tent on the streets of Seattle. But for two years, Alicia and her family were homeless.

After Alicia’s abusive partner destroyed her credit by taking out loans in her name and left her without any means to pay rent, she was evicted. She and her children spent a few months staying with various family and friends, never knowing how long they could stay. They spent the next year living out of their car. And for six months after that – before they came to LifeWire – they moved from shelter to shelter.

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Domestic violence and homelessness go hand in hand

Mom holding boy's hand

Women and children are not among the homeless people we typically see on the streets of Seattle. You wouldn’t pass by them on your way to work or see them at a freeway onramp. Yet about half of homeless people are families, and domestic violence remains a leading cause of homelessness among women and children in the U.S. today.

“Eighty percent of homeless women with children have experienced domestic violence,” said Rachel Krinsky, LifeWire’s Executive Director. “Right here in Washington State, families with children represent nearly half of the 20,000 people who are homeless on any given night.”

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A promising approach to preventing homelessness among survivors of domestic violence

wscadv-logoThe U.S. Department of Health & Human Services invests $2,000,000 in 
Domestic Violence Housing First research

October 27, 2016

The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) will receive $2,000,000 from a partnership between the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct research on Domestic Violence Housing First, an approach to preventing homelessness for survivors of abuse and their children. Domestic Violence Housing First has shown promising results in a pilot program with urban, rural, and Tribal domestic violence programs across Washington state.

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