Housing matters for everyone, as it provides shelter, security, privacy, and stability. For survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), housing takes on an additional meaning; it is the key to establishing a new life, free from abuse. IPV survivors often face such inadequate housing options, however, that they must make excruciating choices between cycling through temporary shelters, becoming homeless, or returning to their abusers.
Home Safe Home offers a multifaceted analysis that accounts for both IPV survivors’ needs and the practical challenges involved in providing them with adequate permanent housing. Incorporating the varied perspectives of the numerous housing providers, activists, policymakers, and researchers who have a stake in these issues, the book also lets IPV survivors have their say, expressing their views on what housing and services can best meet their short and long-term goals. Researchers Hilary Botein and Andrea Hetling not only examine the federal and state policies and funding programs determining housing for IPV survivors, but also provide detailed case studies that put a human face on these policy issues.
As it traces how housing options and support mechanisms for IPV survivors have evolved over time, Home Safe Home also offers innovative suggestions for how policymakers and advocates might work together to better meet the needs of this vulnerable population.
About the Author
HILARY BOTEIN is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York.
ANDREA HETLING is an associate professor in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
Part IWhy Long-Term Housing for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence?
Chapter 1“Why Doesn’t She Leave?”: Intimate Partner Violence and Housing Instability
Chapter 2“How Does Housing Help?”: A “Services Light” Long-Term Housing Model
Part IIThe Current Policy and Service Environment: How Did We Get Here?
Chapter 3First Stop: Emergency Shelters and Transitional Programs
Chapter 4Mismatch between US Social Policy and Intimate Partner Violence
Part IIIAn Evolving Approach: Long-Term Housing
Chapter 5National Overview: Legislative Response and Program Variations
Chapter 6Developing Program Theory and Goals: Long-Term Housing with Services
Chapter 7Survivor Perspectives on Program Theory and Models
Part IVNext Steps?
Chapter 8Moving Forward: Research and Policy
Epilogue: A Practitioner’s Perspective