The Downtown Women’s Center, co-lead with Rainbow Services, are building and leading a cross-sector Domestic Violence and Homeless Services Coalition (DVHSC) to create a client-centered system that increases access to safe housing and supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Leading partners in the coalition include the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), Community Legal Services of Southeast Los Angeles County, CSH Speak Up!, Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council, and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s office.
2019 Community Connections Summit
Held at the Double Tree Hotel in Little Tokyo this years Summit is full of innovative and timely content about the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness including:
- “Lived Experience” panel with survivors of Domestic Violence and homelessness
- Racial and gender equity
- Coordinated Entry System
- Creating trauma informed community
- Creating systems change
- Best practices in housing
Focus Group Report
In 2017, DVHSC conducted 12 county-wide focus groups with domestic violence survivors who had experienced homelessness. The findings from these focus groups resulted in the DVHSC Focus Groups Report: Survivor Solutions to Program and Systems Change.
Previous Community Connections Event
DVHSC held a community event on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, to share the progress and findings from our coalition work and hear from experts on best practices and innovative solutions in this area. It brought together 250 leaders from homeless service agencies, domestic violence agencies, and government agencies to address systemic issues that impede housing for survivors.
Download presentations from the event below:
- Survivor Focus Group Findings
- From National to LA: Innovative Practices at the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Housing, and Homelessness
- Preventing and Addressing Homelessness: A Legal Services Approach for Survivors
- Unlocking the Potential of Sharing Data
- From Power Over to Power With: Applying Trauma-Informed Care to Our Work
- Funding Domestic Violence Housing Solutions
- What Is Survivor-Driven Advocacy?
- Mobile Advocacy: Moving Beyond the Shelter Model
- Shelter Is a Verb: Embracing Housing First Principles in our Domestic Violence Response
- Table Talk Response
- Event Response
To view more event photos, visit our Facebook album.