Emerging research from across Canada points to a significant relationship between immigrant and refugee women fleeing violence and experiencing homelessness. This report captures key themes that emerged from discussions in March 2017 with academic, government, and community leaders to explore the intersections between immigrant and refugee issues, women fleeing intimate partner violence, homelessness, health/mental health and disability issues, and trauma. Included in the report is a literature review on the areas of focus and their intersections, an overview of barriers to fleeing violent relationships, to accessing supports and services, and to obtaining safe, secure, and affordable housing for immigrant and refugee women. Promising approaches and considerations for moving forward are also highlighted in the report.
Exploring the Intersections: Immigrant and refugee women fleeing violence and experiencing homelessness in Canada