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Citation

Sullivan CM, Bomsta HD, Hacskaylo MA. J. Interpers. Violence 2019; 34(14): 3017-3033.

Affiliation

District Alliance for Safe Housing, Washington, DC, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/0886260516664318

PMID

27520017

Abstract

The complex interrelationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization and housing instability has been well established. Being the victim of IPV is a leading cause of homelessness for women, and once someone is homeless, their lives often spiral downward quickly. While some IPV survivors require extensive and possibly long-term assistance to achieve safe and stable housing (especially if they are contending with multiple complex issues), others could avoid homelessness if provided with immediate, individualized, and flexible assistance. For these survivors, whose housing has been otherwise stable but who face homelessness because of a crisis related to IPV, a brief intervention that includes flexible funding can restore a family's equilibrium and prevent the devastating repercussions associated with homelessness. A longitudinal evaluation of a flexible funding program in Washington, D.C., found that this brief, relatively inexpensive intervention may increase housing stability-94% of clients were housed 6 months after funding was received. Implications for both research and practice are discussed.

© The Author(s) 2016.


Language: en

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