The Prevalence and Nature of Violence Against Women Experiencing Homelessness: A Quantitative Study

Fran Calvo, Beth Watts, Sonia Panadero, Cristina Giralt, Mercè Rived-Ocaña, Xavier Carbonell

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    Abstract

    Individuals experiencing homelessness—an extreme form of social exclusion—have considerably higher risk of being victims of violence than the general population. We analyze the episodes of violence suffered by 504 individuals experiencing homelessness in Spain, as well as the differences between men and women. The results indicate high levels of violence and suggest that gender (specifically, being a woman) is the primary factor driving exposure to violence among this group. Highlighting the reality of women experiencing homelessness can help social, mental health, and addiction services adjust responses to better address the needs of this group and offer comprehensive care.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1464-1482
    Number of pages19
    JournalViolence Against Women
    Volume28
    Issue number6-7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2022

    Keywords

    • gender-based violence
    • homeless person
    • homelessness
    • victimization
    • women

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