"What am I going to do?"

1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime1

In some regions of the country 1/3 of homeless women were homeless due to domestic violence. 2

Most domestic violence shelters are unable to offer longer than a 30-90 day stay when victims need at least 6 months to begin again.3

Victims/Survivors of domestic violence face more difficulty in finding affordable housing because of adverse credit, poor employment, and less than desirable rental history. 4

According to a study by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, landlords frequently turn away women with protective orders or show any indicators of domestic violence.5

Domestic violence victims often return to the batterer when a viable option for housing cannot be found.6



 1Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy. National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, “Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,” (2000). 

2Wilder Research Center, Homeless in Minnesota 2003, 22(Feb 2004).

Lifting the Voices of Homeless Women, Roofless Women's Action Research Mobilization, Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development (1997).

 4Reif, S. & Krishe, L., Subsidized Housing and the Unique Needs of Domestic Violence Victims, National Center on Law and Poverty (2000).

5 Interviews with State Coalitions and local Shelter Programs,National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2003).

 6Correia, A., Housing and Battered Women, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (March 1999).