Support for Survivors
who Flee to be Free


WHAT WE DO was created in order for survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault who were fleeing to be free from their abuser or face becoming homeless to access immediate emergency housing. We believe that "safe housing is a right shared by everyone".

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Survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault


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Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence vary dramatically.

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors and in some cases might not be considered "domestic violence".

  • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive over 20,000 calls.

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc. This is commonly considered " domestic violence".

  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner.

  • 1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner.

  • 1 in 3 female murder victims and 1 in 20 male murder victims are killed by intimate partners.

  • 94% of murder-suicide victims are female.

  • 72% of all murder-suicides are perpetrated by intimate partners.

  • 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

  • Between 21-60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.

  • A study of intimate partner homicides found 20% of victims were family members or friends of the abused partner, neighbors, persons who intervened, law enforcement responders, or bystanders.

  • 19% of intimate partner violence involves a weapon.

  • In the United States, an average of 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.

  • The Safe Housing Act also provides that the tenants security deposit Must be returned within 15 days of the surrender of the premises. This is a deviation from the 30 day period prescribed by the Rent Security Deposit Act.

  • The Rent Security Deposit Act requires the landlord to put your security deposit in a separate bank account that pays interest. The landlord Must tell you in writing the name and address of the bank where the deposit is being kept, the amount of the deposit, the type of account, and the current interest rate for that account.

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