Housing and Sexual Violence

This collection includes resources to assist communities in developing more effective strategies to address the multi-layered and complex relationship between sexual violence and housing.

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Housing and Sexual Violence (July 2010) by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center for VAWnet, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women

This Special Collection was developed to assist communities in developing more effective strategies to address the multi-layered and complex relationship between sexual violence and housing.

Safe and affordable housing is a protective factor against sexual violence (both victimization and perpetration) and a basic need in recovering from a sexual assault. The majority of sexual assaults take place in or near victims’ homes or the homes of friends, relatives, or neighbors. Because of this, many victims wish to relocate after their sexual assaults, but often find they cannot do so because of limited resources. The effects of sexual violence can create an economic downward spiral for many victims, jeopardizing their access to safe and affordable housing. Homelessness increases the risks for both sexual violence perpetration and victimization.