• 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


Developed by and for experts and advocates in both the runaway and homeless youth (RHY) and the domestic and sexual violence (DV/SA) fields, the Toolkit provides information, resources, tips and tools to better address relationship violence with runaway and homeless youth.  DV/SA providers will find information designed to increase their understanding of runaway and homeless youth and the network of programs and services working with them and, conversely, RHY providers will find resources on intimate partner violence and the programs and networks that provide protections and support to victims of violence.

As an introduction to a glossary of key terms and definitions used throughout the Toolkit and by RHY and DV/SA programs, please follow the link below.

The use of terms and the need to build a common language among advocates from the RHY and DV/SA fields as part of building effective partnerships is also discussed in more detail in Section 3: Finding Common Ground and Section 5: Building Partnerships.

Research & Resources

Why do we need to understand more about the intersection of runaway and homeless youth and relationship violence?  Here are three good reasons:

This Toolkit section includes an overview of research on the experiences of abuse and violence by runaway and homeless youth and the context in which relationship violence occurs.

Loves Me Not VIDEO

This video focuses on dating/domestic violence from the point of view of a 17-year old deceased victim named Cari. Cari was relentlessly beaten by her boyfriend, Marcos and so viciously bullied by his friends after leaving him that she, ultimately, took her own life. Now Cari finds herself helplessly watching the same thing happen all over again to another girl, Sharon (Marcos’ new girlfriend).


Click to watch Loves Me Not Video. This and other materials are available for purchase via the link.

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