Fact Sheet: Women Veterans, Homelessness, and Trauma
Women veterans are two to four times more likely to be homeless than non-veteran women. This fact sheet from the National Center on Family Homelessness contains information on the prevalence and impact of trauma in the lives of women veterans, particularly those experiencing homelessness.
Some key facts:
- Exposure to trauma is a significant risk factor for homelessness. Women veterans experience trauma at higher rates than the general population.
- Approximately 1 in 4 women veterans screen positive for experiences of sexual assault or repeated, threatening acts of sexual harassment.
- For women veterans who are homeless:
- 32% struggle with substance abuse issues.
- 45% screen positively for anxiety.
- 57% present with health related issues.
- 72% report being diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives.
- 74% screen positively for PTSD.