INTIMATE VIOLENCE IN THE LIVES OF HOMELESS AND POOR HOUSED WOMEN: Prevalence and Patterns in an Ethnically Diverse Sample


The Better Homes Fund, 181 Wells Ave., Newton MA 02159


In a study of 436 homeless and poor housed mothers, nearly two-thirds reported severe physical violence by a childhood caretaker, 42% reported childhood sexual molestation, and 61% reported severe violence by a male partner. Comparisons of homeless and housed women are presented, and implications for prevention and intervention are discussed in light of recent welfare reform legislation.