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Domestic Violence Housing First

Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children.

The Domestic Violence Housing First (DVHF) approach focuses on getting survivors of domestic violence into stable housing as quickly as possible, and then providing the necessary support as they rebuild their lives.

Key components of Domestic Violence Housing First include survivor-driven, trauma-informed, mobile advocacy; community engagement; and flexible financial assistance.

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In 2010 the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence launched a five year pilot project testing the Domestic Violence Housing First (DVHF) approach. Learn more about the DVHF research at the links on the right, and about the DVHF approach at the links below.

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