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Poverty or fear of poverty keeps women trapped in violent situations

  • Lack of economic independence is one of the main causes women cite for remaining in violent situations.

  • Many women living in poverty have a lower sense of self-worth which makes it harder to assume independence.

  • Women have difficulty finding somewhere to live after leaving a shelter due to a lack of affordable housing and may return to a violent situation. [9]



9. Mosher J, Evans P, Little M, Morrow E, Boulding J & N VanderPlaats. Walking on Eggshells: Abused Women's Experiences of Ontario's Welfare System. Final Report of Research Findings from the Woman and Abuse Welfare Research Project. April 5, 2004. accessed August 28, 2007

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