Domestic Abuse and Rough Sleeping: From hidden crime to hidden homelessness

Inaugural lecture: Professor Kate Moss

Female rough sleeping can happen to anyone – professional women, mothers, students, women in violent relationships. There really are no stereotypes. It could easily be you, or may already be affecting someone in your network. Indeed, female homelessness may actually turn out to be much closer to home than you imagine. 

Having spent over a decade researching the problem of women's homelessness, Professor Kate Moss found that one of the major precipitators for this is the experience of domestic abuse. Both these phenomena are arguably – to some extent – invisible. Against this background, she asked two questions in relation to what she perceives as a crisis of hidden female homelessness: why is women’s homelessness hidden and what can be done about it?

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Professor Kate Moss

Professor Kate Moss was educated at Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Cambridge and Manchester University where she gained a PhD in Social Policy in 1997. Her research and publication profile dates from that time and since then she has carried out research for the Home Office, government office East Midlands, Centrex, Bramshill and numerous police forces and local authorities throughout England.