Coordinated Assessment Toolkit: Coordinated Assessment and Domestic Violence Survivors

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Toolkits | August 28, 2013

Coordinated assessment centers must be prepared to serve domestic violence survivors seeking assistance and must be able to accommodate their safety and confidentiality needs. The tools below will help communities ensure their coordinated assessment process is serving survivors as safely and effectively as possible.

Checklist: Incorporating Domestic Violence Providers into a Coordinated Assessment Process (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
This document is a checklist that Continuums of Care can use to use to ensure they are considering and incorporating the needs of households fleeing domestic violence and other forms of assault and harassment into their coordinated assessment processes. In addition to addressing the individual items in this list, systems should ensure they include domestic violence providers in the discussion of how the assessment system is structured from the beginning.

Conference Presentations from “Domestic Violence Providers and Coordinated Assessment: Challenges and Opportunities” (2013 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness)
A coordinated assessment process that serves domestic violence survivors must be prepared to address their additional safety, privacy, and confidentiality needs. To accomplish this, homeless assistance providers and domestic violence providers must work collaboratively to ensure that their systems are equipped to quickly meet survivors' housing and service needs. Presenters in this workshop discussed the challenges in serving survivors effectively and the potential gains that a singular efficient coordinated assessment process for the entire community can offer to this population.

Conference Presentations and Materials from “Serving Domestic Violence Survivors throughout the Homeless Assistance System” (2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness)
This pre-conference session helped communities piece together how they can effectively and safely serve domestic violence survivors in the homeless assistance system. It examined strategies to address survivors’ specific needs: during intake and assessment; through interim and permanent housing location and placement; and via voluntary service provision and partnerships with domestic violence providers.The session included presentations on each of these topics as well as community work time and discussion with experts on how to implement the suggested strategies. This toolkit includes six sections: