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Housing and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

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About the project

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most common form of violence against women. In addition to having severe impacts on women’s health, IPV is the leading cause of women’s homelessness. Yet the most effective housing solutions for women to secure housing stability, maintain safety from further IPV, and receive trauma-informed care remain unclear.

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), this project aims to systematically synthesize the international evidence on the effectiveness and experiences of housing interventions for women experiencing IPV and plan directions for future solutions-based research in Canada. We will contextualize our research findings in the expertise of service providers, women with lived experience of IPV and homelessness, policymakers, advocates, and other diverse knowledge users, who serve on the Advisory Committee for this project. This will help inform where there are gaps and limitations in the existing evidence bases. In the final stage of this project, knowledge users in Canada will be engaged in a study on the acceptability and feasibility of promising housing intervention models for women experiencing IPV based on the findings of our systematic overview and the guidance of our advisory committee.

Resources & Publications

Review protocol

Read our protocol online at Open Science Framework

Trip Planning

Read The Lancet Public Health's editorial on our systematic review

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Systematic review

Housing interventions for women experiencing intimate partner violence: a systematic review

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Research article

Preventing gender-based homeless in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic: the need to account for violence against women

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