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

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


  • Homelessness
  • Gender

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