Domestic violence shelters are safe places where domestic
violence and abuse victims can get help and temporary housing.
Because many domestic violence victims are threatened with homelessness, shelters for domestic abuse victims are critical.
Domestic violence shelters provide victims of abuse and their children/families with immediate protection from danger and safe emergency shelter and longer term transitional housing. This gives victims of abuse time to recover and rebuild their lives. Domestic violence shelters also offer a variety of services and referrals that include:
Los Angeles has a network of agencies that provide shelter and services to victims of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Shelter Operations (DVSO) program is part of a comprehensive, multifaceted approach to combating domestic violence in the City of Los Angeles. Managed through the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, its goal is to provide victims of domestic violence an individualized case-managed plan of services that will ensure their immediate safety, and over the longer term, will motivate and equip them with the appropriate skills and self-knowledge to support themselves and their families independent of the batterers.