Through a literature review, survey, and interviews, three main levels for improving collaboration across domestic violence and homeless systems emerged:
Awareness and Understanding;
Communication and Coordination; and
This toolkit discusses each level and highlights practical strategies that providers can apply in each. The toolkit also offers a framework for understanding levels of integration that will help close the gap between the domestic violence and homeless service systems. The ultimate goal is to improve the lives of domestic violence survivors who experience homelessness through enhanced service integration.
This May, The National Center will host two webinars to explore each level of integration outlined in Closing the Gap, identify practical strategies that providers can apply to support integration, and highlight programs across the country that are already working to integrate domestic violence and homeless services.
May 9, 2013 – Closing the Gap: A Toolkit for Transitional Housing Programs – 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness among women and children. Lifetime prevalence of domestic violence among women in the general population is estimated to be between 23% and 30%; while prevalence of domestic violence among women who are homeless is over 60%. Despite similarities in the population served, the domestic violence and homeless service systems often operate in silos. During this webinar, participants will learn how to use the Closing the Gap toolkit to implement practical strategies to help close the gap between the domestic violence and homeless service systems to better serve the needs of domestic violence survivors experiencing homelessness. Register today.
May 23, 2013 – Voices from the Field: Strategies for Integrating Domestic Violence and Homeless Services – 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Providers in domestic violence and homeless service systems are confronted daily with families who have complex needs and must often operate in environments where resources are scarce. Throughout the country, programs are working across service systems to better address the needs of this vulnerable population. During this webinar, participants will hear from the three spotlight programs featured in Closing the Gap: Dorchester Women’s Safety Network, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Home Free. Each program will share their work on integrating domestic violence and homeless services, along with challenges and lessons learned. Register today.