• Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
  • Runaway & Homeless Youth Toolkit
  • Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
  • Violence Against Women Resource Library
  • Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Project
  • Building Comprehensive Solutions
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

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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