Women's Shelters

The Issue

Violence against women is a leading cause of homelessness. Some domestic violence survivors, particularly those with limited resources, become homeless after fleeing an abusive relationship or after being evicted for reasons related to the abuse, such as police involvement or property damage.

Statistics show that domestic violence survivors are routinely discriminated against when finding new housing. A lack of affordable housing and housing assistance further limits the options available to these women. (National Law Center 2018).

  • In just one day in 2015, over 31,500 adults and children fleeing domestic violence found refuge in a domestic violence emergency shelter or transitional housing program.
  • That same day, domestic violence programs were unable to meet over 12,197 requests for services because of a lack of funding, staffing, or other resources.
  • Sixty-three percent (7,728) of unmet requests were for housing. Emergency shelter and transitional housing continue to be the most urgent unmet needs for domestic violence survivors.
  • In 2014, FVPSA grantees reported 196,467 unmet requests for shelter—a 13% increase over those reported in 2010. This represents a count of the number of unmet requests for shelter due to programs being at capacity.

Source: National Network to End Domestic Violence. (2016); Family Violence Prevention & Services Program, Family & Youth Services Bureau. (2015)

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We encourage all of our customers to learn more at the links below and to get involved with shelters in your community.

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