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Shocking stats Average age of death for homeless women just 38, says shocking new report

The average age of death for women who are homeless in Ireland is just 38 years old, a report has found. 

The shocking statistic was revealed as part of a new report from Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI) - one of Ireland's best known homelessness and addiction charities.

According to the new report, 42 per cent of people in homelessness are female.

MQI also discovered that the average age of death recorded for women who are homeless in Ireland is 38 years of age.

This is six years less than the average age of death for homeless men which was recorded at 44 years of age.

The report also discussed the relationship between drug abuse and violence experienced by the female homeless population.

They found that women who are the victims of extensive violence and abuse are eight times more likely to be drug dependent.

The national issue of homelessness was thrust back into the limelight yesterday when news broke of the tragic death of two men in their 40s on the streets of Dublin.

This brings the number of recorded homeless deaths in Dublin for 2020 to 55.

Last month, the body of mum-of-four Janet Jackson was discovered by Gardai near Lynch's Lane in south Dublin;

Ms Jackson had been homeless and was sleeping in a tent.

Commenting on the report, MQI Chief Executive Paula Byrne said that it was now imperative that funding was secured to build a dedicated centre to look after and care for women in trouble.

“In responding to the challenges facing women today accessing services, it is imperative that we provide gender responsive and trauma informed services to meet the needs of women and are accessible to all in need,” she said.

“This includes women with drug problems, pregnant and parenting women, women involved in sex work, women from ethnic minorities, who may have been trafficked and women in prison.

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“Services need to comprehensive in order to address the multiple issues that face women.

“We need to secure long-term funding for a Women’s Centre which would provide a ‘one stop shop’ for access to information and support across health, addiction, violence and abuse, legal issues, education, and employment support, counselling, mental health services etc.

“Studies have found that such spaces increase feelings of safety, respect and dignity among women who use drugs and who have experienced abuse.”

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