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WEBINAR: Advocacy at the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Housing, and Homelessness

This webinar will assist domestic violence advocates and other victim service providers in advocating at the individual and systemic levels for the housing-related needs of domestic violence survivors. There is a high correlation between experiences of domestic violence and homelessness or housing instability, and many survivors cite housing as among their greatest needs. However, many advocates find it challenging to engage with complex housing systems and provide effective advocacy at this intersection. This webinar will lay a foundation for understanding survivors’ housing-related needs and explore strategies for providing individual and system level advocacy. Resources will also be provided on where to learn more about domestic violence, housing, and homelessness, as well as best practices and promising programs that help meet those needs

The discussion will include:

  • Statistics and information about the correlation between domestic violence and homelessness
  • Common barriers that survivors face when trying to access housing
  • Strategies for engaging in individual and system level advocacy
  • Examples of innovative, successful housing-related programs
  • Resources on where to access more information, including in-depth technical assistance

After this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between domestic violence and homelessness, as well as the range of housing-related needs survivors might have
  • Access best practices and supporting resources to inform and promote safe housing options
  • Identify at least two strategies for strengthening their housing-related advocacy


Free for members / $25 for non-members


Christie Bevis is the Director of Safe Housing Practices and Initiatives at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), where she provides programmatic oversight for their work around the critical intersections of domestic violence and sexual assault, homelessness and housing – which includes the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium (DVHTAC) and the Safe Housing Partnerships website. Her experience includes work at the local, state and national levels including program manager for the Homeless & Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) initiatives for Collaborative Solutions, Inc. and senior program associate collaborating with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) on the Promising Practices Initiative at the Vera Institute of Justice Center on Victimization & Safety. She is an ardent Sociologist with a passion for social justice issues.

Larisa Kofman, J.D., is the Director of the National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH), a national Technical Assistance and Training project of the District Alliance for Safe Housing. NASH is a. Larisa has over fifteen years’ experience in the domestic violence and public policy fields. Her legal and policy work spans the national, state and local level, including work on issues such as domestic violence, housing, employment, disability, civil rights, criminal justice, custody, child welfare, and budget and appropriations. Larisa led legislative advocacy efforts resulting in the passage of several pieces of legislation that enhanced the legal rights of victims and other underserved populations. She holds a law degree from the University of Maryland School Of Law, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California.

Shaina Goodman, J.D./M.S.W., is NRCDV’s Policy Manager, where she provides programmatic leadership and oversight to administrative advocacy and policy-related technical assistance, with an emphasis on the intersection of domestic violence and family policy, economic justice, housing and public benefits. Shaina also has experience in federal legislative and appropriations advocacy, grassroots organizing, and campus-based advocacy and training. She has completed research on domestic violence in the Jewish community, the history of the domestic violence movement, and the effectiveness of dance movement therapy for domestic violence survivors and their children. Shaina is also passionate about social justice work and intergroup dialogue facilitation around privilege and oppression.

Later Event: July 16
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