Survivors of interpersonal violence, particularly those with limited resources, often have to choose between living with or near their abusers or becoming homeless. Many survivors become homeless after fleeing an abusive relationship or after being evicted for reasons related to the abuse, such as police involvement or property damage. Abusers often control finances to maintain control in relationships, which means survivors may lack steady income, landlord references and good credit, all of which are necessary to find new housing.
The vast majority of families in Connecticut’s emergency shelters are comprised of single female parents and their children, whose lives have been affected by trauma including interpersonal and domestic violence. Such survivors often suffer from anxiety, panic disorders, major depression, and substance abuse, which may impede their earnings and housing stability.