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National Housing Week of Action Includes Focus on Domestic Violence and Homelessness

MCADSV is encouraging members and supporters to join others from across the country and participate in the National Housing Week of Action held July 22-29, to raise awareness of the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness. Our Homes, Our Voices is facilitating the National Housing Week of Action.

Homelessness and domestic violence are inextricably intertwined. The two societal problems cannot be separated; there is a direct correlation, and has been for years. And yet, these two issues—homelessness and violence against women—were treated as distinct and different problems.

One of the leading causes for homelessness among women and children is domestic violence. Housing instability is four times more likely among women who have experienced domestic violence. Approximately 25 percent of homeless women list domestic violence as a major contributing factor to their homelessness.

Once an individual is homeless, the risk of sexual assault and exploitation increases. In a recent national study, 84 percent of residents in domestic violence shelters reported they needed help finding affordable housing. The linked problems continue, with little relief for survivors in sight.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence annual 24-hour Domestic Violence Census for Missouri continues to show housing as a top need from survivors (65 percent)

 

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