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Document Purpose: While sexual assault survivors should be able to access Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) funded Transitional Housing (TH), they have historically not had meaningful access because for many years the funding was focused on the housing needs of domestic violence survivors. While the housing needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault can overlap, they are not interchangeable.

Because sexual assault survivors’ unique experiences and housing needs can look different than domestic violence survivors’ and because of differences in understanding in the field about sexual assault survivor eligibility for OVW-funded TH, this document is written to help clarify ways to facilitate sexual assault survivor access to OVW-funded TH. It offers questions and answers about assessing eligibility for services, as well as offers scenarios for serving sexual assault survivors.

Audience: Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Transitional Housing Grant Program grantees.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-K070 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.