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Created by the WVPP Alliance, this guide assists providers to help clients increase their safety before, during and after acts of violence. We found that available resource literature on these topics assumes women are in a shelter, apartment or house. We wrote this guide specifically for providers who work with homeless women who sleep on the streets.

The guide’s three sections — Prevention Strategies, During Crisis and Responding to Crisis — offer intervention information tailored for women who experience violence on the streets. It considers how prevalent issues — addiction, mental illness, health concerns, trauma and legal matters — are exacerbated by their homeless circumstances.

In gathering information for the guide, we discovered a variety of creative strategies that women use to survive on the streets. In fact, many of our recommendations came directly from clients of WVPP Street Outreach. Hence, the guide gives voice to women and their ideas, with the hope that it will vastly improve service delivery to other women, and men, living on the streets. (Friends of the Shattuk Shelter)
Jamaica Plain, MA
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