The intersection between homelessness and gender-based violence is undeniable. In the United States, 80% of women with children who experience homelessness report having experienced domestic violence, while 57% of all women experiencing homelessness cite domestic violence as the immediate cause of their homelessness. Victims of violence are often forced to flee their homes in search of safety, for themselves and their children, and as a result experience complex needs and are among the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our community. In order to break intergenerational cycles of violence, abuse, victimization and poverty – all of which lead to homelessness – the necessary tools, resources and services must be provided to address the gender-specific and complex needs of women and children.