2008 Domestic Violence Fact Sheet
Connections between Domestic Violence and Homelessness
Domestic and sexual violence are leading causes of homelessness nationally, especially for women. In varying regions around the country, significant percentages of homeless women report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness. Up to 100% of homeless women have experienced domestic or sexual violence at some point in their lives. Some survivors and their families become homeless when they flee abuse. Others become homeless upon being denied alternate housing or after being wrongfully or discriminatorily evicted from their current housing as a result of the violence against them.
Understanding the connections between homelessness, housing, and violence against women is important in order to identify solutions to homelessness for survivors and their families.