The Safe at Home project is working to advance survivors’ right to remain in their own home or independent housing when leaving an abusive relationship.
There is an expectation that women and their children should leave home when fleeing violence. As a result, survivors of intimate partner violence often face housing instability, homelessness, and significant life disruptions in areas like employment, service access, and social connections. These impacts are intensified by discriminatory housing and income policies that reinforce women’s economic insecurity, and norms that place housing responsibility on survivors.
The project will analyze housing, justice, and income policies and government funding priorities in order to facilitate survivors’ right to remain safely in their own home. It will also engage survivors and stakeholders to collaboratively develop policy recommendations and advocate for system change. To bring these changes into practice, the project will work to shift gender norms and attitudes through public awareness raising and organizational culture change.
This work will be informed by our previous research on Safe at Home housing models, including a literature review on program design and promising practices, primary research on survivors’ housing experiences and preferences, and a multi-sector stakeholder forum that captured opportunities and barriers for implementation.