What are the experiences of homeless mothers?
The impact of homelessness on mothers is profound. Many experience anger, self blame, sadness, fear, and hopelessness. Mothers experiencing homelessness have significant histories of interpersonal violence. For them, the experience of becoming homeless is another major stressor amidst already complicated traumatic experiences.
- Over 92% of homeless mothers have experienced severe physical and/or sexual abuse during their lifetime
- 63% report that this abuse was perpetrated by an intimate partner
What are the experiences of homeless children?
Children experience high rates of chronic and acute health problems while homeless. The constant barrage of stressful and traumatic experiences also has profound effects on their development and ability to learn. Violence plays a significant role in the lives of homeless children.
- By age 12, 83% of homeless children had been exposed to at least one serious violent event
- Almost 25% have witnessed acts of violence within their families
- 15% have seen their father hit their mother
- 11% have seen their mother abused by a male partner
- Children who witness violence are more likely than those who have not to exhibit frequent aggressive and antisocial behavior, increased fearfulness, higher levels of depression and anxiety, and have a greater acceptance of violence as a means of resolving conflict
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