Building Dignity is intended to introduce a wide range of strategies for improving domestic violence shelter. The following links are included to provide additional information and inspiration for ideas introduced in the design strategies.
Codes and Guidelines

IBC – International Building Code, current edition
(Check with your local building department for applicable building codes.)

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Standards for Accessible Design:


Universal Design Principles:

Institute for Human Centered Design:

The American Institute for Architects [AIA]:

The Materials Red List is intended to identify and eliminate the worst in class chemicals and materials from the built environment from a human and ecological health standpoint:

The architecture firm Perkins and Will has created a list of substances that have been classified by multiple regulatory entities as being detrimental to the health of humans and the environment:


US Green Building Council (USGBC):

USGBC’s Green Home Guide:

AIA Committee on the Environment:

Architecture 2030:

EPA Water Sense:

Domestic Violence Housing First

WSCADV’s Domestic Violence Housing First project publishes regular updates and reports describing the work of local programs and evaluation outcomes:

An general overview of housing first approaches to homelessness:

Accessibility for Survivors with Disabilities

WSCADV’s Disability Project has generated many helpful resources:

Accessibility: Ramps, ADA Bathrooms and a Whole Lot More!:

Increasing Agency Accessibility for People with Disabilities: Domestic Violence Agency Self-Assessment Guide:

Model Protocol on Service Animals in DV shelters:

The Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence has developed substantial expertise on making shelters accessible to survivors with mental health issues:

Domestic Violence Shelter Rules

WSCADV has a series of articles on shelter rules and how to minimize them, as well as a online learning course called Thinking Shelter:

How the Earth Didn’t Fly into the Sun: Missouri’s Project to Reduce Rules in Battered Women’s Shelters:

Parenting in Domestic Violence Shelters

Supporting Parenting in shelter Checklist for DV shelter programs:

Webinar on Supporting Parenting in Shelter:

Domestic Violence Organizations

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

National Domestic Violence Hotline:

Contributing in Your Community

Rebuilding Together:

Bright Horizons:

Public Architecture’s The 1% program:

Nature Explore Classrooms for domestic violence shelters: