Trauma and violence have significant health impacts on women and is a key underlying factor for homelessness. At My Sisters’ Place, 100% of women experiencing homelessness report experiences with trauma and violence.
Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16, yet not all healthcare providers have the knowledge or skills to deliver sensitive care to these women. ( n)
- 45% of woman abuse results in physical injury. The psychological effects of this can be far-reaching: 85% of abused women indicate that they have experienced some type of negative emotional effects including anger, fear, becoming less trusting, suffering from lowered self-esteem, depression, anxiety, shame and guilt.
Woman Abuse Screening Protocol
- There are several reasons why abused women may be over-represented in mental health and addiction services. Their abuse may result in addiction, depression, dissociation, suicidal ideation, diagnoses of PTSD and dissociative disorders, etc. Woman Abuse Screening Protocol
- Violence and related traumas are at the root of so many experiences of homelessness for women and girls. A Framework for Ending Women’s and Girls’ Homelessness
- Women make three to four times more suicide attempts than men (though men succeed more often than women). The Ontario Canadian Mental Health Association has found that there is a significant correlation between a history of sexual abuse and the lifetime number of suicide attempts, and this correlation is twice as strong for women as for men. (Canadian Women’s Health Network)