In Texas, in 2018, approximately 42% of domestic violence victims were displaced or become homeless because they were turned away from emergency shelters. During COVID-19, nearly 90% are being turned away.
Those who could obtain shelter, typically bounced from one shelter to another. Victims who returned to their violent homes were 53% likely to lose their lives at the hands of their abuser.
In Austin, Texas alone, this homelessness crisis is growing, and domestic violence has been cited as the primary contributing factor for displacement and homelessness for women ages 25-48.
The SANCTUARY Web Platform and Mobile Application, serves this displaced community, as well as, the first responders who serve them by improving placement success rates and by providing life saving resources.
The need for a tool linking all of the existing resources together and the ability to track their progress, will allow existing agencies to better assist those in need.
The goal of SANCTUARY is to integrate each vital resource available and provide tangible result for victims and first responders alike.