Homelessness is a complex issue – and it’s not just a housing problem.
Many homeless women have experienced significant trauma in their lives, which has often led to complex issues and needs. Supporting women who are homeless means so much more than simply putting a roof over their heads.
Women who are homeless have different issues and different needs to men, and we believe that different kinds of support should be offered to women so that they can leave homelessness behind.
The biggest cause of homelessness for women is domestic abuse. It is estimated that around 40% of homeless women became homeless because they had left an abusive relationship.
We believe that we all have a role to play in ending homelessness for women, and that we can all work together to tackle the issues which lead to homelessness for women.
The IRIS programme is a collaboration between health care providers and third sector organisations specialising in domestic abuse and violence.