“I Felt Better When I Moved Into My Own Place”: Needs and Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence Survivors in Rapid Rehousing

Leila Wood, Rachel Voth Schrag, Maggy McGiffert, Josh Brown, Bethany Backes

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Abstract

Accessing stable housing is a basic need for intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors, and rapid rehousing programs are a critical way to address homelessness. However, little is known about survivor experiences, needs, and outcomes in rapid rehousing services within IPV agencies. This study uses an exploratory approach to understand the needs and experiences of 31 survivors using vouchers facilitated by an IPV program in the U.S. Southwest. Thematic analysis of structured interviews resulted in four summary themes: getting to housing, managing multiple needs, accessing support, and facing barriers. Practice and evaluation implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1441-1466
Number of pages26
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume29
Issue number6-7
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2023

Keywords

  • domestic violence
  • homelessness
  • mental health
  • safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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