domestic violence

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
October 03, 2016
Categories: Topics

October 2nd marks the International Day of Non-Violence, an initiative by the United Nations that seeks to disseminate the message of non-violence through education and public awareness, in the hopes of securing a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence. In honour of this initiative, it is critical to identify the multitude of ways violence manifests in our lives. One...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
July 29, 2016
Categories: Ask the Hub

This question came from Margaret A. via our latest website survey.

I’m glad that this question has been asked because it touches on an incredibly important issue. Indigenous Peoples are over-represented in the homeless population in general, and Indigenous women are homeless in much greater numbers than...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
October 30, 2015
Categories: Ask the Hub

Our question this week comes from Tabitha Maria G. in our latest website survey: Why are women fleeing violence in traditional housing considered housed when in fact they're at imminent risk of homelessness?

How people are assessed (housed vs. not housed) depends on what definition of homelessness someone is working with. For example, some people think that only people living on streets or staying in shelters can be considered homeless. As Tabitha is pointing out, people in...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
December 03, 2014

While there has been progress in the women’s movement, there remains a devastating gap between how men and women are treated. Women and young girls continue to be subjected to a devastatingly high amounts of violence. The movement for women's rights is international in its scope. This year, United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites individuals to “Orange” their neighbourhood....

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
September 12, 2014
Categories: Ask the Hub

It could just be the nature of the people in my social media networks, but every day I see at least 5-10 references about missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Sometimes many, many more. There are calls for inquiries, petitions to sign and sadly, too often, stories about yet another Aboriginal woman who went missing or has been...

York University; The Homeless Hub
July 30, 2014

This week’s Infographic Wednesday post is on the subject of unmet requests for domestic violence services, as per the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s (NNEDV) Domestic Violence (DV) Counts Census infographic and its corresponding report Domestic Violence 2013: A...

Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
March 05, 2014

The YWCA is “the oldest and largest women’s multi service organization”. The YWCA has continued to be vocal in their opposition to violence against women. This infographic is important for the community, researchers and service providers who work with people experiencing homelessness. Abuse continues to be a leading pathway to homelessness in Canada. Research found that as many as three quarters of...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
September 20, 2013
Categories: Ask the Hub

This post is part of our Friday "Ask the Hub" blog series. Have a homeless-related question you want answered? E-mail us at, contact us through Facebook or even Tweet us your questions and we will provide a research-based answer.

Absolutely! In fact, many studies have found violence generally — including sexualized...

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