Guides & Fact Sheets
Domestic Violence, Homelessness, and Children's Education Issue Brief
This NCHE brief discusses the effects of domestic violence on children and their education, the connection between domestic violence and homelessness, and federal legislative responses that help ensure stable and safe school experiences for children.
New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline
The NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization working to end domestic violence.
Assistance is available in English at 800-942-6906 and Spanish at 800-942-6908. Assistance for the deaf is available by calling the TTY line at 800-818-0656 for English and at 800-780-7660 for Spanish.
National Domestic Violence Helpline
The National Domestic Violence Helpline provides survivors of domestic violence with help via a 24-hour toll-free hotline.
Assistance is available in English and other languages at 800-799-7233. Assistance for the deaf is available by calling the TTY line at 800-787-3224.
Forms & Templates
NYC Risk Questionnaire, Safety Plan, and Shelter Residency Letter
These resources can help ensure the safety of students impacted by domestic violence. They were designed for use in NYC but can be modified for use in any NYS school district. The School Selection Risk Assessment Questionnaire includes questions that parents should consider when deciding whether to keep their child in the same school or transfer schools. DV providers are encouraged to review the questions with parents. The School-Based Safety Plan should be completed by school-based staff and the parent. It includes information about who should have contact with the student and who should not, and what steps should be taken if the abuser comes to the school. The Template Shelter Residency Letter can be used by DV residential providers (i.e. DV shelter providers) to give to parents to alert schools to the change in housing status and address, the need to take special precautions to ensure the safety of the student and their family, and any request for transportation.
About the Source
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) operates the Department’s technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. In this role, NCHE works with schools, service providers, parents, and other interested stakeholders to ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness can enroll and succeed in school.