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The Effect of Housing Subsidies on Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from the Family Options Study

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Grant Recipient: Smith College

Principal Investigator(s): Pun Winichakul, Ning Zhang

Term: 2024 – 2026

Funding: $87,320

Summary: Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects millions of individuals in the United States annually. This project investigates the causal effect of housing subsidies on intimate partner violence rates. This project also explores mechanisms behind the observed effects, such as whether housing subsidies enable IPV victims to escape abusive relationships, empower homeless IPV victims by reducing their economic reliance on abusive partners, and alleviate mental stress. 

Finally, the project examines the immediate impact of housing subsidies on IPV in the short term, and persistent long-term effects.