Homelessness and the Domestic Violence Survivors BEDS Serves

Our upcoming Road to Independence fundraiser will support our housing and supportive services for domestic violence survivors. Before you enjoy the live music, Harley Davidson photo booth, and debut of our 2024 Road to Independence beer, we hope you’ll take a moment to learn about our client trends, links between domestic violence and homelessness, and our domestic violence-focused services.

Last year, one out of every six of our clients survived domestic violence

We served 354 survivors, a 17 percent increase from the year before. This aligns with larger trends. After the COVID-19 outbreak, the UN described a concurrent “shadow pandemic” of domestic violence throughout the world. The National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice found that incidents of domestic violence grew by more than eight percent after lockdowns in the United States.

The Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women also describes economic abuse, which consists of “controlling or restraining a person’s ability to acquire, use, or maintain economic resources.” These behaviors include preventing targets from travelling to or seeking jobs, harassing them at workplaces (leading to dismissal), stealing money, and otherwise restricting their access to cash. When they flee, survivors may have nowhere to go.

We’ve created housing programs for domestic violence survivors

These include:

  • Family Bridge Housing: Our Family Bridge Housing program provides families, including households that have survived domestic violence, with an alternative to our mainstream Triage Transitional Shelter program. Clients stay up to 12 months in master-leased, scattered-site apartments, receive food and basic supplies, work with professional case managers, and connect to housing and supportive services. Last year, our Family Bridge program housed three domestic violence survivors.
  • Transitional Housing/Rapid Rehousing: Our Families in Transition program offers medium-term housing, intensive case management, and connections to independent housing and supportive services, including healthcare, counseling, advocacy, and legal services through BEDS partner Pillars Community Health . Clients move on to a dedicated Rapid Rehousing program that helps them find independent housing and provides tapering rental assistance and case management. In FY2023, our Transitional Housing/Rapid Rehousing program alone we served 44 survivors including 26 children.

All our services for domestic violence survivors provide trauma-informed care, which is based on growing awareness of domestic violence’s psychological effects and responds to survivors’ specific situations and needs.

You can support domestic violence survivors by coming to Road to Independence; making a financial gift; and providing in-kind donations.