Trauma – Abuse & Neglect

Trauma — physical, sexual and emotional — is both a cause and a consequence of homelessness. Numerous studies conducted during the past decade identify domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness in the United States, particularly for women and children, who now comprise approximately 40% of the homeless population.

Physical abuse during childhood is a powerful risk factor for adult homelessness, and violence experienced by children and adolescents often continues after they become homeless. Individuals flee abuse at home only to rediscover it on the streets or in shelters.