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Building Dignity: Domestic Violence Shelter Design Strategies

Published: November 16, 2012
Family Violence Prevention and Services (FVPSA)
Domestic Violence Programs/Services, Promising Practices, State Domestic Violence Coalitions

This is a historical document. Use for research and reference purposes only.

Building Dignity, a website from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, explores design strategies for domestic violence shelters, based on the premise that thoughtful design dignifies survivors by meeting their needs for self-determination, security and connection.

The site offers a variety of strategies, from easy and affordable redecorating tips to major renovation strategies requiring longer term planning and investment. Quotes from survivors, case studies describing how domestic violence programs have employed a particular strategy, and links to additional information are also on the site, which was created in partnership with an architecture firm.