Domestic violence is a lead cause of homelessness for women and children. Lotus House stands at the intersection of these two systems. Lotus House Executive Director serves on the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Oversight Board and chaired the Gaps and Needs Workgroup in 2019-2020, conducting extensive research into our community’s response and continuum of care. The report which follows makes it clear – domestic violence is an urgent public health issue, disproportionately impacting women, with life-long adverse and too often lethal consequences. Emergency shelter with deep protective factors and therapeutic supports for women and children alike are essential and nothing short of life saving. Learn more about this important issue impacting the women and children and resources still needed in our community in the final report.