Domestic violence directly impacts a women’s housing situation
In a Texas study, 80% of homeless mothers had previously experienced domestic violence. Roughly 90% of the survivors had experienced homelessness at least once due to domestic violence.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, shelters across the country have seen increases in hotline calls. The unintended consequences of lockdown were partners trapped in close proximity with nowhere to go. As well, abusers often control finances, making it difficult to get away from their situation.
Volatility in these services has been an issue since before the pandemic, only made worse by national and global events like inflation.
What does this mean for caseworkers?
A complex web of interrelated issues plagues domestic violence survivors. Housing, while a high concern for survivors, is one of many symptoms to work through. Your case management system should support every need your client may have and be flexible enough to make informed decisions on the fly. Referring survivors to partner organizations, tracking incidents, and providing resources to clients are fundamental to accomplishing your mission. An all-in-one system can dramatically improve your response times and get survivors out of harm’s way as soon as possible.
Need to ditch Excel?
Like many organizations, if your current case management system is lacking the tools necessary to assist clients, you could be putting them at further risk. Connect with one of our case management experts today to see how we can help.