General Article Rebuilding Shattered Lives: the final report

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‘I became homeless because I got pregnant at 14, Mum threw me out and after that I got married. My husband raped me and beat me up. So I ran to London to escape him and have been on the streets ever since.’
St Mungo’s client

 

Rebuilding Shattered Lives

Women who are homeless are among the most marginalised people in society.

Sadly, women’s homelessness often occurs after prolonged experiences of trauma, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse, frequently within the home. It often follows from and results in a cycle of mental ill health and substance use, and a myriad of other problems. Many homeless women are left grieving for lost childhoods and lost children, and the impact is felt across generations.

These women’s histories are full of missed opportunities to get the right help at the right time.

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