Women account for more than four in 10 homeless adults in Ireland, with almost half of those in Dublin, according to the findings of a new study.
The study, which is titled “Women’s Homelessness in Europe” finds that women comprise 42% of the total adult homeless population in Ireland, with Dublin accounting for 47%. The study’s co-author, Dr Paula Mayock of Trinity College Dublin, says the figures do not include residents of domestic violence centres.
As reported by The Irish Times, there were 1,658 women and over 2,000 children in domestic shelters in 2014. These women are not considered homeless under Irish government statistics while they are included in other European countries.
The study says that last year, almost two-thirds of homeless family households were headed by single mothers aged in their 20s or 30s, who became homeless after losing privately rented housing.
The authors cite a separate study of 60 homeless women which found that two-thirds had experienced intimate partner violence.