The intersection between domestic violence, housing instability, and homelessness continues to be a pressing issue for the field. While existing research has extensively documented the nature of the problem, there remains a gap in our knowledge and understanding of the unique needs of survivors who live at the intersection of marginalized identities. There is also a gap in our knowledge and understanding of the promising practices and creative solutions implemented by communities to address the housing needs of domestic violence survivors.
To this end, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) conducted a two-part needs assessment project. The first part of the assessment documented domestic violence survivors' current and emerging housing needs, centering on the perspectives of marginalized populations, particularly Black and Brown communities. The second part of the assessment documented the innovative practices, promising housing approaches, and interventions implemented in the field by grassroots organizations and community-based agencies to address the housing needs of survivors.
The needs assessment concludes with important recommendations for policymakers, funders, service providers, and advocates in both housing and domestic violence domains to inform initiatives to effectively respond to survivors' housing needs.