The Spokesman Review: State, Spokane County struggle with far-reaching health impacts of domestic violence, homelessness

State, Spokane County struggle with far-reaching health impacts of domestic violence, homelessness

"Edie Rice-Sauer, the executive director of Transitions, which supports women and families experiencing homelessness in Spokane, shared stories of how complex trauma can be for her clients.

“The kind of impact for kids, who have ACEs and are seeing those things all the time, it’s part of the fabric of their everyday life, and we have no idea that impact,” she said.

Domestic and intimate partner violence can lead to homelessness.

In 2018, 1,789 people receiving services or housing reported experiencing domestic violence in Spokane County, data from the city’s homeless management information system show. Of those receiving services in the region, 52%, or 931 people, were identified as currently fleeing domestic violence in 2018.

While the data is not exact due to the anonymity of entries and the possibility of 

duplicate entries, leaders of community organizations agree there is a need for more services for domestic and intimate partner violence survivors in Spokane County.

Rice-Sauer said 90% of the women Transitions serves at Miryam’s House, a nine-room transitional house for homeless women, and at their Transitional Living Center, which has 15 apartments for women with children experiencing homelessness, are coming out of situations with domestic violence or intimate partner violence. Transitions rarely has vacancy in these two programs, Rice-Sauer said, and they have had to turn away families."

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