Research Library

The Institute for Shelter Care conducts or collaborates on research related to restorative care for victims of exploitation, most often, within the context of a residential program.  We occasionally publish studies on other types of victimization or care settings, as those studies may inform the work of residential service providers.

Here you will find the reports from our studies, toolkits, or publications where we have served as co-author.  Some publications are free, whereas others are available for purchase.  You are welcome to use this information in support of your own research; however, The Institute for Shelter Care should be properly cited.

If you are a shelter leader and would like to participate in upcoming surveys or have a study you would recommend, please contact



Case Management Practices Report (2023)
Workplace Stressors (2023)
Staffing Challenges Report (2022)
Transportation Report (2022)
Referrals and Intake Report (2022)
Sources of Funding Report (2022)
Smoking Policies Report (2022)
Large Capacity Shelter Programs Study (2022)
Compensation Report (2021)
Curriculum Recommendations Report (2021)
Standardizing our Lexicon (2021)
Technology Use Report (2020)
Substance Use Disorders Report (2020)
Sourcing your Shelter Home (2020)
Assessing the Threat (2019)
Compensation Report (2019)
Rapid Referral – Summary of Referrals and Observations (2018)
TOOLKIT: Residential Service Provider’s Guide to working with Law Enforcement Referrals
After FOSTA-SESTA (2018)
National Practices Report (2017)
Shelter Funding Report (2016)

Have a question?

If you have any questions regarding our Research Library, please contact Jeanne Allert at