By Colin Bonnycastle, Judith Hughes, Marleny M. Bonnycastle, Kendra Nixon, and Allison Groening
The problems of intimate partner violence and housing insecurity are independent issues and each worthy of discussion on their own. However, for women in northern communities these issues are often co-occurring. Violence is a major contributor to women experiencing homelessness, but the threat of homelessness can be an ever-present concern in a place where access to housing is, in its own right, a challenge. This report outlines the literature and identifies gaps. It is a companion to the qualitative research study Re-establishing their Lives: Issues Relating to Affordable Housing for Women and their Children Escaping Violent Relationships in Northern Manitoba.