Domestic Violence & Youth Homelessness: How the Two Intersect and What You Can Do To Help by Ivonne Ortiz and Susan Spagnuolo for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & MANY (May 2014)
Witnessing the ongoing abuse of a parent or experiencing child abuse, threats, or actual physical and sexual abuse are all too often the cause of youth running away or being forced from their homes. What they have seen in an abusive home environment or experienced on the street is often repeated by the youth themselves in their own relationships. Recognizing and understanding the intersection of runaway and homeless youth and relationship violence (including dating, domestic and sexual violence) is critical to creating meaningful services and effective intervention and prevention strategies for both homelessness and relationship abuse, and in creating partnerships between the programs working with youth at risk. This webinar explores research-based information to increase practitioners understanding of the unique needs and risk factors of the population and review materials on effective practices that can be incorporated into their everyday work.