Sanctuary In Shelter

A number of domestic violence shelters  and homeless shelters are part of the Sanctuary Network.

Additionally, members of the Sanctuary faculty have been involved in S.E.L.F. Group Training - an important component of the Sanctuary Model - in a number of shelters for victims of domestic violence and for people who are without a home.

One of the shelters for people without homes is the Red Shield shelter of the Salvation Army. Art therapist Sandy Sheller took some pictures of an activity she directed that focused the women and the children on the Future, consistent with the S.E.L.F. model. The clients worked for weeks in taking old shoes and turning them into some "shoes for walking" into a new and more prosperous future as symbolized by the golden shoes below.
The Sanctuary Model

Jane Addams Place

Jane Addams Place is a homeless shelter in West Philadelphia that is a part of the Lutheran Settlement House and serves women and their children. Jane Addams Place is currently adopting the Sanctuary Model. The kitchen is the heart of any home, but as with most institutional kitchens, the strict rules and regulations in a commercial kitchen can make eating there feel impersonal and emphasizes for these mothers their total dependence even on feeding their own kids, the most basic caregiving behavior.  So at Jane Addams, the kitchen staff set about creating Sanctuary in the Kitchen-- making the kitchen the heart of their facility. Nine members of the leadership team attended the Sanctuary Institute in July 2008.  After returning, they set about using the Sanctuary Model to create Sanctuary, one room at a time, supported and encouraged by their Sanctuary facilitator, Joe Foderaro. Read About Creating Sanctuary in the Kitchen


Report on the Needs of Children in Domestic Violence Shelters, 2008 from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University

Toolkit for Addressing the Needs of Children in DV Shelters from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University

Publications Related to Domestic Violence

Bloom, S. L. (2010). The Mental Health Aspects of IPV: Survivors, Professionals and Systems. In Giardino AP, Giardino ER (Eds.). Intimate Partner Violence, Domestic Violence, and Spousal Abuse: A Resource for Professionals Working With Children and Families.  St. Louis, MO: STM Learning (pp.207-250).

Bloom, S. L. (2009) Domestic Violence. In O’Brien, J. (Ed) Encyclopedia of Gender and Violence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (pp. 216-221)

Bloom, S. L. (2006). Children and Domestic Violence. ISF Newsletter, Winter, p.8-9.

Bloom, S. L. (2003)    Understanding The Impact Of Sexual Assault: The Nature Of Traumatic Experience.  In A. Giardino, E. Datner and J. Asher (Eds.), Sexual Assault: Victimization Across the Lifespan.  Maryland Heights, MO: GW Medical Publishing. (pp. 405-432).

Madsen, L. H., Blitz, L. V., McCorkle, D., Panzer, P. G. (2003). Sanctuary In A Domestic Violence Shelter: A Team Approach To HealingPsychiatric Quarterly 74(2): 155-171.

Bloom, S. L. (2000) Sexual Violence: The Victim. In C. E. Bell, (Ed.) Psychiatric Perspectives of Violence: Issues in Prevention and Treatment: New Directions for Mental Health Services #86. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.