Women are at greater risk of homelessness and abuse

Govan Law Centre’s Women’s Rights Project is a free legal advice service for women and children facing homelessness or housing instability or living in unsuitable or unsafe living conditions and who may be experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse or Violence Against Women and Girls.

Women often experience homelessness and housing instability very differently from men.

Sophie Berry, Solicitor, Govan Law Centre

Women are more likely to be at risk of homelessness or poor living conditions but are less likely to present as homeless or to housing services. Women are less likely to be visibly rough-sleeping but they may be sofa-surfing or staying in or forming unsafe relationships to avoid being on the street or putting their children on the street.

Women are much more likely to be experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse, more likely to be the primary carers for children or other family members, and are more likely to be unemployed or in insecure, lower-paid or part-time employment. For all these reasons women are at greater risk of homelessness or housing instability.

If you or someone you know is a woman who is facing
• Abuse from a partner;
• Controlling behaviour;
• Violence;
• Crime or exploitation;
• Homelessness;
• Eviction;
• Landlord harassment;
• Housing insecurity following release from custody;
• Discrimination from housing services; or
• Living in unsafe or unsuitable accommodation

Call us free on 0800 043 0306 or email womensproject@govanlc.com

We provide a drop-in service at the Simon Community Scotland Central Hub at 389 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8LR on a Thursday between 2-4pm.

We have two female solicitors who will provide confidential legal advice to ensure that you know your rights and can support you to find safe, secure accommodation.

You can listen to GLC’s Sophie Berry discussing homelessness and the law and women’s rights on the Scottish Housing News podcast from 25 September 2023 below.

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