Protecting women with multiple and complex needs from gendered violence: Impediments to obtaining and maintaining safe and secure accommodation in a European context

MacDonald, Morag and Kane, David and Williams, James J. (2020) Protecting women with multiple and complex needs from gendered violence: Impediments to obtaining and maintaining safe and secure accommodation in a European context. Journal of Gender Based Violence. ISSN 2398-6808 (In Press)

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to identify the key impediments to accessing and sustaining safe and secure accommodation by women with multiple and complex needs within a European context. Women with multiple and complex needs are particularly vulnerable to various forms of violence against them and homelessness is often one of their particular needs. The European context is important because ending violence against women is a key priority of the European Union yet this particularly vulnerable group has largely been overlooked in key strategy. This research was part of a European Union-funded project and a pragmatic, phenomenological approach was taken to the research, employing interviews of key stakeholders (women and professionals who work with them) from five European countries. The key findings, using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a framework of analysis, were that accommodation is a key requirement for women with multiple needs to receive the treatment they need. However, simply providing safe and secure accommodation is not enough: a co-ordinated, wraparound service is required to ensure women successfully address their multiple needs and are empowered to sustain their tenancies and, ultimately, become self-actualised.

Item Type: Article
Date: 1 April 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: This article emphasises: The impact of safe and secure accommodation on the lives of women with multiple Needs The importance of continued support for women accessing accommodation The need to sustain programmes to provide accommodation and support to women with multiple needs
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: David Kane
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 10:20
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2020 10:20
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9077

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