Table 3
Reasons for women for seeking shelters, Canada, April 16, 2008

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Reasons Women residing in shelters
number percentage of women1
Psychological abuse 2,798 65
Physical abuse 2,349 55
Threats 1,658 39
Financial abuse 1,550 36
Harrassment 1,209 28
Sexual abuse 1,040 24
Protection of children from:
Witnessing abuse of mother 1,065 25
Psychological abuse 842 20
Physical abuse 523 12
Threats 433 10
Neglect 314 7
Sexual abuse 171 4
Other types of abuse 368 9
Housing problem
Unable to find afforable housing 1,379 32
Short-term housing problem 826 19
Housing emergency 525 12
Mental health problems 945 22
Drug and alcohol addiction 880 21
Other reasons - total 272 6
Reason unknown 31 1
Total women residing in shelters 4,273 100
1. Due to multiple responses, the sum of the percentages does not equal 100.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Transition Home Survey, 2007/2008.
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