Safe at Home
The Safe at Home project is working to advance survivors’ right to remain in their own home or independent housing when leaving an abusive relationship. There is an expectation that […]
Violence against women is one of the main causes of homelessness and housing instability among women and children. The lack of access to safe and affordable housing is one of the leading barriers for women fleeing violence. Women and their children often lose their homes when they are escaping abuse. Housing security may include access to the matrimonial home, access to affordable housing, shelter support or being able to afford to live in a safe community.
Like many things, the experience of housing and homelessness is gendered. Women’s homelessness is often less visible, and women are more likely to stay with family or friends than they are to access shelters or stay on the streets.
Women face limited housing options compounded with various forms of discrimination. There is a lack of affordable housing options and women report experiencing discrimination from landlords based on having children, being a survivor of domestic violence, their race or immigration status. Women leaving abusive relationships are often faced with debt and a poor credit rating, which is a barrier to securing housing.
We conduct research into women’s housing and homelessness. We analyze housing policies and programs in partnership with survivors, governments, scholars and community agencies, and we advocate for policies that adopt a rights-based approach and are grounded in an intersectional gender-based analysis. We believe women must have a choice and range of housing options when fleeing violence, including the right to stay in their own homes.
Most of the housing options for women experiencing intimate partner violence have something in common: they place the onus on women to leave home in order to reach safety. As […]
Violations of the right to housing are largely gendered, with women and gender-diverse people more likely to experience inadequate housing and homelessness. The right to housing is defined as all […]
Gender, income inequality and violence against women are deeply interconnected. Women face multiple barriers to income security and the lack of access to income and resources can keep women trapped […]
Financial abuse is a prevalent and often hidden form of violence against women. Like other forms of violence against women, financial abuse is used as a tactic to harm and […]