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  • Not in My Neighborhood

    Does a shelter make a community less safe, or cause home values to drop? | Most of us would probably agree that homelessness is a bad thing. Domestic violence, too—bot... read more

  • How Domestic Violence Hotlines Triage Callers

    Due to limited space, not everyone in need can get into shelter | Sometimes survivors looking for shelter are surprised or hurt to hear that their local shelter can’t ... read more

  • How Many Homeless People are Fleeing Domestic Violence?

    Organizers of a one-night census hope to discover who is on the streets because it’s safer than home | In a one-night annual count this past January, organized by the ... read more

  • Ready to Relocate?

    8 questions to ask yourself before making a move | Whether you want to distance yourself from an abuser for safety reasons or you just want a fresh start, relocati... read more

  • Ask Amanda: What Happens If Shelter Is Worse Than Home?

    Shelters should always hear out survivors’ concerns—what to do if they don’t | Q: At the shelter I’m currently at, there are bed bugs, they were feeding us expired ... read more

  • Rules vs. Rights

    More and more shelters are taking a fewer-rules-are-better approach to give power back to survivors | Maybe you were told when to speak and what you could say. Or, ... read more

  • Domestic Violence in the Transgender Community

    Rates of intimate partner violence are high and barriers stand in the way of getting help | Domestic violence affects people with any gender identity, and transgender... read more

  • Who Pays for Damages?

    Here’s what to do when you want to keep your housing, but your abuser left behind damages | Your abusive partner is gone—and you’re ready to get on with your life. ... read more

  • Breaking Your Lease Without Breaking the Bank

    Options for survivors to terminate their lease and move on | When home, sweet home has become more like home, terrifying home, how do you get out? If you’re ren... read more

  • Abuse Survivors Not Welcome

    Domestic violence survivors can face discrimination when looking for housing | There are lots of barriers survivors of domestic violence face when searching for housin... read more

  • Finding a Safe Place

    Five questions to ask yourself if your local DV shelter is full | Imagine making this decision—do you spend another day in your home with your abusive partner, or d... read more

  • Ask Amanda: I'm Struggling to Find a Place to Stay

    Domestic violence programs are central resource hubs | Q: I left my abuser but now I’m struggling to find a place for my children and I to live. Where do we turn? –... read more

  • Your Rights as a Tenant

    Housing laws that can help domestic violence survivors | There are times when domestic violence survivors, in order to ensure their safety, need to leave their home... read more

  • Thinking About Going to a Shelter?

    Here’s what you can expect when you get there | Where will I sleep? What will I do with my dog? What if I can’t take anything with me when I leave? These are just a... read more

  • Important Questions to Ask a Shelter

    To find the best housing alternative, some things you should consider | In an ideal world, leaving an abusive partner would involve a carefully thought out plan tha... read more