Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Flexible Funding for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors: Frequently Asked Questions

2019
National Alliance for Safe Housing
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Flexible funding is financial support provided to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) to address whatever barrier exists between the survivor and safe housing stability. This document addresses frequently asked questions about flexible funding, including why it is an important housing strategy for survivors, what flexible funding can be used for, and more.

Model Protocol for Working with Battered Women Impacted by Substance Abuse

2003
Lupita Patterson
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Agency policies supporting a substance-free environment need to be balanced with a multi-step approach that provides opportunities for survivors impacted by substance abuse. The primary goal of this model protocol is to help advocates in shelters and other community programs better meet the safety needs of all survivors impacted by their own or another’s substance use, misuse or addiction.

Domestic Violence Housing First Toolkit

2017
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Domestic Violence Housing First (DVHF) approach focuses on getting survivors of domestic violence into stable housing as quickly as possible and then continuing to provide support as they rebuild their lives. With safe and stable housing at its core, the key components of DVHF include: survivor-driven, trauma informed, mobile advocacy; flexible financial assistance; and community engagement. This toolkit is designed to provide materials and resources for organizations to use when developing or implementing the DVHF approach.

The Washington State Domestic Violence Housing First Program: Cohort 2 Agencies Final Evaluation Report

2015
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

WSCADV's Domestic Violence Housing First (DVHF) program was designed to eliminate housing as a reason for survivors to stay in abusive relationships by providing flexible advocacy. This approach gave survivors of domestic violence the ability to establish a home and the freedom to choose how best to rebuild their lives. Permanent housing was the beginning of their new journey. The first phase of the DVHF program began with a cohort of four domestic violence agencies. The second phase, known as Cohort 2, expanded the program to nine additional agencies. Cohort 2 agencies served survivors with higher barriers to housing, including those living in rural, tribal, immigrant, and culturally specific communities.

Supporting Parenting in Shelter

2011
Margaret Hobart
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

This webinar discusses the impact of domestic violence on parenting, and how organizations can work to create shelter environments that better support survivors as they reclaim their roles as parents.

Domestic Violence Housing First

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

WSCADV's Domestic Violence Housing First 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. This web page provides an overview of WSCADV's work to implement this approach in Washington state and includes resources, toolkits, and evaluation of the impact of their projects.