Rough sleeping has doubled in the past five years, with increasing numbers of women: women who are often existing or expectant mothers, fleeing violence, or who have disabilities or health problems.

Homeless women are even more vulnerable on the street than men. Research by Crisis, the homelessness charity, found 58% of women sleeping rough had been intimidated or threatened with violence and force in the past 12 months compared to 42% of men.

In many instances… women have been turned away without being fully assessed or prevented from making a homeless application – despite presenting with mental health issues, learning difficulties or fleeing domestic abuse.

Out of 15 approaches only four women were offered emergency accommodation; 11 were turned away.

Nearly one in four female rough sleepers has been sexually assaulted in the past year.

Three in 10 female rough sleepers have experienced sexual violence at some point while homeless.

Nearly six in 10 have been intimidated or threatened with violence in the past year (compared to four out of 10 male rough sleepers).

Source: Homeless women are even more vulnerable than homeless men | Housing Network | The Guardian

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