This online collection was developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to assist communities in developing more effective strategies to address the complex issue of housing and sexual violence. Additional resources, including book titles, articles, reports, and journals can be found by browsing the library, searching our publications or by sending an information request.

 

This online collection is part of the Housing and Sexual Violence Information Packet. The packet also includes: the National Survey of Advocates on Sexual Violence, Housing, and the Violence Against Women Act; an overview; a fact sheet; a research brief; a technical assistance bulletin; and an advocate's guide to housing and sexual violence.

Cover of bulletin with picture of front doorSexual violence and housing are intricately linked by several factors including access to affordable housing, various forms of oppression and sex offender management.  This four page document offers information on each of these topics as well as a section on how advocates can help survivors.

This bulletin is part of the Housing and Sexual Violence Information Packet. The packet also includes: the National Survey of Advocates on Sexual Violence, Housing, and the Violence Against Women Act; an overview; a fact sheet; a research brief; an online resource collection; and an advocate's guide to housing and sexual violence.

cover of Fact Sheet with image of door of houseSafe, affordable, and stable housing can be a protective factor against both sexual violence perpetration and victimization.  This two page fact sheet offers information on the impact of housing costs, housing and various forms of oppression, and how advocates can help. 

This fact sheet is part of the Housing and Sexual Violence Information Packet. The packet also includes: the National Survey of Advocates on Sexual Violence, Housing, and the Violence Against Women Act; an overview; a research brief; an online resource collection; a technical assistance bulletin; and an advocate's guide to housing and sexual violence.

This bulletin discusses the links between homelessness and sexual violence, barriers to receiving services and information on what rape crisis centers can do to meet the needs of people who are homeless. 

This guide includes definitions and discussion of terms; a review of current literature showing the links between sexual violence and poverty; a philosophical framework for
economic advocacy; strategies for applying economic advocacy to the
work; concluding thoughts; tools and resources; and fact sheets.

This issue brief reviews research regarding the involvement of unaccompanied, homeless youth in various types of sexual exploitation including survival sex and recruitment into the commercial sex industry and will recommend a series of programmatic responses to meet their needs. While research indicates that the majority of homeless youth avoid victimization in the commercial sex industry, its harmful impact on long‐term health and wellness scars tens of thousands of youth annually. Current rates of victimization among homeless youth are unacceptable, and its continued existence indicates an urgent need for an increased national investment in outreach, supportive services, and housing.

Homeless Youth and Sexual Exploitation: Research Findings and Practice Implications
 

This report discusses the results of a survey, conducted by the National Law Center On Homelessness & Poverty, of landlord sexual assault and/or rape of tenants. It explores the ways that sexual violence may contribute to homelessness and restricted access to housing for low-income individuals. The report provides recommendations and helpful steps for advocates and attorneys. The report also provides a list of State laws that ensure housing rights for survivors of sexual violence and includes contact information for Fair Housing Organizations.
 
Preventing Homelessness and Ensuring Housing Rights for Victims of Landlord Sexual Assault

This paper consolidates knowledge about the damaging interplay between homelessness and sexual violence. It clarifies steps researchers, policy-makers, and service providers can take to intervene with victims and prevent future sexual assaults.
 
No Safe Place: Sexual Assault in the Lives of Homeless Women

This is the May 2003 newsletter Healing Hands, Vol. 7, No. 2, a publication of Health Care for the Homeless Clinician’s Network, National Health Care for the Homeless Council. This issue focuses on the impact that homelessness has on children, especially for those who have experienced sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse or are in environments where this abuse is occurring. The issue addresses the need for early intervention and provides clinicians with tips on identifying signs of trauma in homeless children as well as when and how to intervene.
 
Homelessness & Family Trauma: The Case for Early Intervention

This issue of the Research and Advocacy Digest focuses on the intersection between sexual victimization and homeless youth, and provides an overview of research on this topic area.
 
Homeless, Runaway & Throwaway Youth: Sexual Victimization and the Consequences of Life on the Streets

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