Exclusion by Definition: The Under-Representation of Women in European Homelessness Statistics

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Publication details

Title of host publicationWomen's Homelessness in Europe
DatePublished - 1 Dec 2016
Number of pages21
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationLondon
EditorsPaula Mayock, Joanne Bretherton
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-54515-2


This chapter examines the state of statistical knowledge on women’s experience of homelessness in the European Union. The chapter starts by describing the definitions of homelessness used in Europe and why, at multiple levels, these definitions are likely to exclude women experiencing homelessness. The processes of data collection used for statistics on homelessness in Europe are then discussed and the likelihood of current methodologies for undercounting women’s homelessness is examined. The chapter then explores the extent of current statistical data on women’s homelessness in the European Union, drawing on three pieces of recent research. The chapter concludes by discussing how the use of alternative methodologies could help to secure better statistical data on the prevalence and nature of women’s homelessness in Europe.

    Research areas

  • Homelessness, Gender

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