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
JournalViolence Against Women
Early online date2 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jul 2021

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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