Women and rough sleeping: a critical review

Sleeping rough is dangerous for everyone. Women sleeping rough carry the added burden of gender-based violence and abuse before, during, and after their time on the streets. Hiding from harm can mean that women are hidden from help and missing from homelessness services and statistics.

To explore how we can understand and end women’s rough sleeping, St Mungo’s commissioned researchers from the University of York Centre for Housing Policy, Joanne Bretherton and Nicholas Pleace, to conduct a rapid evidence review.

The report presents fresh analysis of data from London and across England, alongside new research with women who have slept rough.

Read the summary report here or download the full report below.

Women sleeping rough face frightening risks of sexual violence and abuse. They need specialist support to help end their homeless for good. Sign our open letter today and call on the government to give homelessness services the funding they need.