Closing the Gap: Integrating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence

The United States Department of Justice reports that one in four homeless women is homeless because of violence committed against her. Whether families receive assistance from domestic violence or homeless service systems is often a matter of chance, availability of beds and knowledge of services in a community.

While there are well-established links in the literature on domestic violence and homelessness, integration of the two systems in policy and practice is still emerging. This toolkit was created to address the gap between domestic violence and homeless service systems. By laying the groundwork to understand the intersection between domestic violence and homelessness, this toolkit offers practical strategies that providers can follow to improve service integration.