sexual violence

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
February 25, 2015

Young people who are homeless have few of the securities that those with shelter take for granted. Youth who are homeless face an increased risk of being victims of violence, especially sexual violence. The relationship between sexual violence and homelessness is complicated: sexual violence is both a...

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....

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
August 06, 2014

The relationship between homelessness and sexual violence is more complicated than it appears at first glance. The infographic below, published by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center of the United States, illustrates the strong link that exists between housing and sexual violence.

The infographic shows that in the United States, sexual abuse at home is a cause of homelessness for 61% of homeless girls and 16% of homeless boys. Women face...

York University, OrgCode
June 17, 2014

I am not an expert on women’s issues, women’s safety, women’s empowerment, or women’s health, nor do I claim to have specific expertise on women’s homelessness. Like many of my male friends, the #YESALLWOMEN hashtag experience exposed me to some of the most sensitive, personal, violent, demeaning and unacceptable experiences of many female friends. It was jarring, but important learning for me on the magnitude and far reach of women’s experiences with men – and both threats and experiences...

Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
March 26, 2014

The National Council for Behavioral Health is an organization that represents U.S. community mental health and substance use organizations. This infographic is a very important resource for service providers supporting people who are experiencing homelessness. The information in this infographic is based on research from the United States, however there are several points that can be applied within the Canadian context. They are as...

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.

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