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Preventing Gender-Based Homelessness in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond: The Need to Account for Violence Against Women.

Authors
  • Yakubovich, Alexa R1
  • Maki, Krys2
  • 1 University of Toronto - Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Toronto, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 Women's Shelters Canada, Ottawa, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
10
Pages
2587–2599
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211034202
PMID: 34533387
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has led to increases in intimate partner violence (IPV), a leading cause of women's homelessness. Although the Canadian Government provided emergency funding to the violence against women and housing and homelessness sectors in response to COVID-19, Canada lacks a national legislative and funding framework to support coordinated prevention efforts. We review the context of IPV and homelessness among women and international policy exemplars. We then propose several starting points for developing a Canadian strategic framework, including adopting inclusive definitions of IPV and homelessness as well as evaluating a broad continuum of IPV-housing options and intersectoral partnership models.

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