Domestic Violence and Homeless Services Coalition (DVHSC)


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.

Read the HERstory of the Coalition here


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
  • Intersectionality
  • Creating systems change
  • Best practices in housing 




Focus Group Report

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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.

Download the Full Report Here

Download the Report Recommendations Here


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.

We also had the privilege of hearing from our elected officials about their commitment to this work: City Attorney Mike Feuer, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

Download presentations from the event below:


To view more event photos, visit our Facebook album.