Finding Common Ground

Although runaway and homeless youth (RHY) agencies and domestic and sexual violence (DV/SA) programs share a mutual goal, there are inherent challenges to recognizing and understanding the intersection of runaway and homeless youth and relationship violence.  Two of these challenges – the use of language and eligibility criteria that reduce runaway and homeless youth’s access to DV/SA services– are examined here.  However, before exploring what makes building partnerships difficult, we identify those principles that can serve to unite both fields under a common cause: enhancing the safety and healing of young people exposed to and surviving living situations in which there is violence and abuse.  Within several RHY and DV/SA partnerships, these shared principles were instrumental in fostering discussion and enhancing collaborations within their communities. 


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