Immigrant women, family violence, and pathways out of homelessness

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Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
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W.E. Thurston
D. Este
T. Gordey
M. Haworth-Brockman
L. McCoy
R. Rapaport Beck
C. Saulnier
J. Smith
L. Carruthers
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
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May 2006

This report states that there has been little investigation into the connections between family violence, immigration, and homelessness of women. Abused immigrant women and Canadian-born women face similar barriers to independent living; however, the migration process can present additional challenges for immigrant women. For abused immigrant women, homelessness is often cyclical and compounded by a range of factors; ability to speak English , knowledge of Canadian systems, cultural background, and family structure all profoundly affect the immigrant woman’s experience of the pathways into and out of homelessness. In order to prevent homelessness and to plan programs and policies for populations, theoretical models that address key solutions and acknowledge critical temporal factors are required.

The report was prepared for the National Secretariat on Homelessness and eceived funding from the National Research Program of the National Homelessness Initiative and the Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration (PCERII).

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