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Persons experiencing domestic violence and domestic abuse with limited economic resources are at increased vulnerability to homelessness. There are limited resources to help heterosexual victims of domestic violence and domestic abuse and even less support for LGBTQ survivors of partner violence and abuse. The same-sex domestic violence epidemic is silent. We rarely hear about same-sex domestic violence.

Mellisa is homeless in Traverse City, Michigan. She tries her best to be the best person she can be. Mellisa was once a drug addict addicted to crack cocaine but is now clean and sober.

Mellisa says her partner is emotionally abusive. Because Mellisa doesn’t have the resources to pay for her own housing, she is now homeless. Melissa is scared to be alone. She doesn’t have family or anyone to help.

If you or someone you know is suffering because of domestic violence or domestic abuse, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit

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