OVW Survey

1. Domestic Violence and Homelessness Technical Assistance Initiative

 
The National Center on Family Homelessness is conducting a brief survey of providers working with families experiencing domestic violence and homelessness. The goal of this survey is to better understand the needs of the service providers in order to develop and disseminate a toolkit to help train those in the field. The goal of this project is to equip providers with practical knowledge of homelessness and its intersection with domestic violence, helping to improve integration of the two service systems. The toolkit will be disseminated nationwide and the National Center on Family Homelessness will conduct two one hour webcasts to provide training and review the toolkit. Continuing education credits will be made available for social workers wishing to attain professional development credit.

The survey is also designed to get a sense of what gaps exist in services for families experiencing BOTH homelessness and domestic violence. Please answer all questions as completely as possible.
1. Please indicate the system in which you work:
2. Please tell us about the population served by your program; approximately what percentage of program participants in the past year were recent victims of domestic violence (i.e., victims of violence that continued to adversely impact their lives and/or threaten their safety)?
3. Please tell us about the population served by your program; approximately what percentage of program participants have experienced homelessness in the past year?
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4. What is the average length of stay for families in your program?
For DV-focused shelters and DV-focused transitional housing programs, please answer questions 5 and 6. Non-DV-focused emergency shelter providers skip to question 7
5. Are you familiar with the policies and practices of the non-DV-focused emergency shelter system?
6. To what extent does your program work in collaboration with non-DV-focused programs addressing homelessness?
For non-DV-focused emergency shelter providers, please answer questions 7 through 9. DV-focused shelters and DV-focused transitional housing programs skip to # 10
7. Are you familiar with the policies and practices of the domestic violence shelter and transitional housing system?
8. To what extent does your program work in collaboration with programs addressing domestic violence?
9. Do you formally screen families for domestic violence during intake?
ALL providers, please answer all of the following questions.
10. What types of services do families receive in your program (either in house or by a referral to a partner organization)? Check all that apply
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11. What would you like to know about the intersection between domestic violence and homelessness? Please be as specific as possible.
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12. If you would like to see a sharing of information between DV-focused providers and non-DV-focused shelters and other mainstream homeless services providers including public schools, how would you like to see this happen? Please be as specific as possible
13. If you would like to see trainings to improve coordination between DV-Focused Shelter and Transitional Housing Programs, and non-DV-focused Homeless Services, including the non-DV-focused Shelter systems for women, children, and families? Please rank order from 1= Most needed to 10= Least needed
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How to improve Partnership and Collaboration across Services Sectors
Understanding Family and Child Homelessness
Best practices for Addressing Homelessness for Women and Children
Core Skills to Address Homelessness: Case Management, Housing, Support Services
Understanding Domestic Violence
Best Practices for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Core Skills to Address Domestic Violence
Trauma-Informed Care
Self-Care and Vicarious Trauma for Staff and Providers
Child Development and Child Assessment
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14. What obstacles exist for the two systems working more closely together? Please be as specific as possible.
15. To what degree do the domestic violence and the shelter systems Communicate to meet families' needs?
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16. What do you think the non-DV-focused homeless services system (including, but not limited to, shelters) and the domestic violence systems should know about each other? Please be specific.
17. How often do DV and the non-DV Shelter systems participate in cross-trainings in your geographic area?
18. Are there any policy or service gaps in the way domestic violence programs and homeless-related programs interact?
19. Does your program use Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) or a so-called Comparable Data System to track services to program participants?
20. If you are using an electronic database to track participant services, are you concerned about confidentiality for survivors of domestic violence?
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21. If you are using an electronic database to track participant services, how do you protect a survivor's confidentiality and safety?
The next five questions will ask about trauma, its impact, and understanding trauma-informed practice.
Domestic Violence and Homelessness are traumatic experiences. The loss of home, community, stability, and safety is outside the realm of everyday experience and is extremely stressful. When working with families and children experiencing domestic violence and homelessness, the use of a “trauma-lens” provides a way to understand families’ behaviors, attitudes, and emotions as adaptive responses to their traumatic experiences.
22. To what extent does your program formally address issues of safety for families and children who have experienced domestic violence?
23. Does your program assess for trauma?
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24. Please explain your trauma assessment process and how you use the information to help participants.
25. Are you familiar with the practice of trauma-informed care?
26. Does your program formally assess the needs of children?
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey!
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