Women and their families impacted by domestic violence and homelessness are often faced with limited support, poverty, and isolation. Our model of intervention uses a trauma-informed approach and integrates the relational-cultural theory that brings relationships to the forefront of human psychology. Our model uses a comprehensive array of services to help women build positive, fulfilling relationships and decreases a sense of isolation including community outreach, assessment, crisis intervention, trauma-specific counseling, social support, parent-skills training, and resource coordination, advocacy, and peer support services.
Building upon the immediate need for providing safety and basic shelter, ELAWC provides wraparound support through community and other collaborations to ensure women and their families are safe, empowered and provided with opportunities to achieve well-being, self-sufficiency, and a safe permanent environment. Services include crisis intervention, counseling, danger assessment, safety planning, emergency shelter placement, case management services and community linkages to rapid re-housing, transitional housing, job training, workforce, education and job placement.
ELAWC bases its implementation approach on the Washington State Domestic Violence Housing First Program while incorporating unique features consistent with ELAWC’s trauma-informed, culturally responsive approach to serving domestic violence survivors in Greater East LA, Southeast LA, Boyle Heights and surrounding communities. The project is headquartered at our Boyle Heights location at The Wellness Center on the campus of Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center. The project benefits from co-location with a variety of related services that can assist survivors and their families including domestic violence survivor specific services and advocacy, legal, medical, mental health and housing services.
For further information contact our Housing Specialists: (323) 843-0015