Very little is known about the long-term impacts of domestic violence advocacy and effective strategies to assist survivors as they work to avoid homelessness.

Current evidence

Current research

WSCADV is partnering with Dr. Cris Sullivan of Michigan State University who will conduct a research study with four participating demonstration project agencies: LifeWire and New Beginnings, based in King County, WA and Lower Valley Crisis & Support Services and the YWCA of Yakima based in Yakima County, WA.

Survivors seeking services from these four agencies will be invited to participate in four interviews across 24 months. Researchers will collect detailed information about their backgrounds, economic status, and housing and safety obstacles and examine the match between their needs and the services provided to them. Looking at the changes in housing stability, safety, health, and well-being of survivors and their children, researchers will document the impact the Domestic Violence Housing First approach has on their lives. Survivors began enrolling in the research study starting July 1st, 2017.

Learn more about the research design.

Check out the press release: A Promising Approach to Preventing Homelessness Among Survivors of Domestic Violence

Past evidence for Domestic Violence Housing First

Findings from the pilot show that women and children are safer, more stable, self-sufficient and empowered to create lives free from violence after participating in Domestic Violence Housing First.