Domestic Abuse Housing & Sheltering

Home Services Domestic Abuse Housing & Sheltering

Victim Shelter Services

For survivors of domestic assault, making the decision to get out of an abusive relationship can be difficult and dangerous. But when that decision is made, it's critical that victims of domestic violence have a place to go where they can feel safe and secure.

Friends of the Family offers shelter services to residents of 14 Iowa counties, including:

  • Allamakee
  • Bremer
  • Benton
  • Buchanan
  • Black Hawk
  • Chickasaw
  • Clayton
  • Delaware
  • Dubuque
  • Fayette
  • Howard
  • Jones
  • Linn
  • Winneshiek

emergency shelter options

The Friends' House Emergency Safety Shelter is a 21-bed facility that is staffed by certified victim advocates at all times. This shelter is in a confidential location and is a secure facility that features coded doors and an advanced security system to prevent anyone from entering the facility who shouldn't be there.

A variety of other confidential shelter options are located throughout the 14-county region. Crisis line staff work with victims/survivors to identify which shelter option best fits their unique safety needs.

Housing Assistance

When survivors of domestic assault make the decision to leave the abusive relationship, it often means they have to leave their current living situation. Friends of the Family’s rapid re-housing and homeless prevention services provides assistance to victims that allows them to obtain and retain safe and affordable housing to help them start over.

FOF staff assist survivors with creating safety plans and identifying ways to overcome barriers for housing.

The program helps survivors:

  • Connect with supportive community resources and organizations
  • Develop budget habits
  • Improve financial literacy skills

Contact Us to Learn More About Housing Assistance

If you or someone you know are currently homeless because of domestic assault or currently living in an unsafe place, please call FOF and speak with a member of our staff.