This paper considers how the phenomenon of repeated displacement affects dynamics within displaced families and their ability to cope with the consequences. The analysis is based on data collected in Masisi (North Kivu) and Fizi (South Kivu) in 2015, including focus group discussions with displaced and host families, and key informant interviews. Many families had been displaced several times, mainly due to conflict and clashes between the government and armed groups. More specifically, this paper focuses on the distribution of roles and responsibilities among displaced families, and the impact of displacement on relationships within them. We demonstrate a shift in the responsibilities of men, women and children and describe how relationships evolve during displacement. We also consider safety nets and the role of the extended family, and show family relationships and cohesion are key to establishing and strengthening individual and community resilience.