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The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protects survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, and human trafficking living in subsidized shelter or housing from being discriminated against because of their victimization. Survivors will be protected regardless of their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

If you are in a dangerous situation and need to move for your safety, staff in your housing program will assist you by initiating an Emergency Transfer.

VAWA can help you find safe housing.


You cannot be denied admission to housing programs

because you are or have been a victim.

You cannot be denied admission, removed from your housing program, or evicted

based on reasons related to the violence such as a criminal record or bad credit history.

You are ensured to be safe and not lose your housing

because of the violence committed against you. You will be granted assistance with moving and other options.

Am I Protected by VAWA?

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides housing protections for survivors - people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking.

VAWA protects survivors regardless of their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

You do not have to be married to, related to, or living with the perpetrator to be protected by VAWA.

VAWA applies to you if you are applying for, or living in, shelter or housing from any of the following housing programs

  • Project-Based Supportive Housing
  • Scattered-Site Supportive Housing
  • Tenant-Based Supportive Housing
  • Tenant-Based Shallow Subsidy
  • Rapid Re-Housing
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Project Roomkey
  • Host Homes
  • Bridge Housing
  • Safe Parking

How do I request an emergency transfer?

Overview of Emergency Transfer Process

Resources for Survivors


A resource hub for victims of Domestic Violence offering service locations, phone numbers, and City initiatives

Dating Violence and
Domestic Violence Resources

Provides a list for several of the most comprehensive Dating Violence and Domestic Violence Agency programs in LA

Survivor Stalking Resources

Information relating to stalking, reporting guidance, tracking stalking behavior, and training material

Human Trafficking Resources

Resources to provide general information regarding human trafficking, direct services, and referrals in LA

Transfer Request Form (Multilingual)

Request an emergency transfer and certify eligiblity requirements under VAWA

VAWA Certificate

Available VAWA protections for applicants, tenants, and program participants in LAHSA funded programs

Housing Rights Q&A

Housing rights for VAWA victims enrolled in a LAHSA funded program

Resources for Providers

Interim Emergency Transfer Plan (IETP)

This plan is to ensure that Program Participants/Tenants who are Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Stalking, and Human Trafficking in LAHSA’s Covered Programs can maintain safe, stable, and affordable housing

Release of Information

Authorization form to voluntarily release information rights and aknowledgements to certain individuals or groups

VAWA and CA Law

VAWA and State laws offer protection from discrimination in accessing and maintaining federally assisted housing because of violence committed against survivors

LAHSA Multilingual System
& Programmatic Documents

In an effort to ensure LA’s diverse population has access to important information as it relates to the Coordinated Entry System and LAHSA’s programs, LAHSA offers translated documents

Your Housing Rights

Find easy to understand answers to ten of the most commonly asked questions

Your Housing Rights

The Violence Against Women Act protects survivors regardless of their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.