Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Angela M. Moe

Second Advisor

Whitney DeCamp, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jessica Edel-Harrelson, Ph.D.


Domestic violence, domestic violence shelters, gendered violence, trauma-informed care, program evaluation of domestic violence shelters

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Domestic violence is a prevalent social problem occurring all over the world. The numerous ways society addresses domestic violence programs varies causing further complications. This study aims to better understand some of the domestic violence research best practices, programs, and policies available through a national study examining innovative residential shelter programs. A content analysis of interviews, tour photos, shelter pamphlets/websites, and training materials suggested four themes. The main finding, however, suggested trauma-informed care should be implemented within safe housing for survivors of domestic violence.