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Does homelessness disproportionately affect women?

Shabnam Shekarian

Posted by Shabnam Shekarian | Solicitor
On 6th December 2019

The Homelessness crisis is one that affects thousands across the UK each year, in particular in London. Recently, concerns have been raised that women may be disproportionately affected by homelessness in ways that cause significant injustice to them. This blog aims to outline how and why this is happening.

Women who are suffering from domestic violence from their partners are often too frightened to flee, typically due to two main reasons. Firstly, due to fear of the consequences at the hand of the perpetrator and secondly, due to the fact that they are at risk of street homelessness with nowhere to stay, often with children. Research carried out by various organisations in 2018 has confirmed that in fact, 33% of female residents in shelters and hostels were sleeping rough and experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence.

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