10,000 women were in homelessness services last year
A new reports claims that women’s homelessness is a “sad chronicle of missed opportunities”.
Homelessness charity St Mungo’s report reveals that over 10,000 women were in homelessness services in the UK last year, with many more ‘hidden homeless.’
The report titled ‘Rebuilding Shattered Lives’ shows that homeless women are being failed at a local and national level. The study looks at over 200 contributions from charities, academics and homeless women themselves and highlights problems that include separation from children, mental and physical ill health, prison sentences, drug and alcohol use and involvement in prostitution, reports 24dash.
Statistics from the report show that women made up 26% of those who accessed homelessness services in 2013 and 79% of St Mungo’s female clients who are mother had their children taken into care or adopted. 70% of the women St Mungo’s work with has mental health needs, whereas only 57% of male clients do. It also shows that half of St Mungo’s female clients have experienced domestic violence and 19% experienced abuse as a child.
Charles Fraser, St Mungo’s chief executive, said: “There is much good practice out there, but as this report shows, we also need new approaches. We have to get this right, work with partners and act now. This report evidences a sad chronicle of missed opportunities where women fail to get the help they need. National leadership is key.”
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