More victims of theft and violence among homeless people
Lucile Jamet, Christelle Thouilleux, division Conditions de vie des ménages, Insee
In early 2012, one in four French-speaking homeless people between the ages of 18-75 reported having been the victim of at least one theft or attempted theft in 2010 or 2011, with three in ten having been on the receiving end of an attack or act of violence. They are eight times more likely to be the victims of theft than those living in stable accommodation, and almost twice as likely to fall victim to violence. Women are more often the victims of such attacks than men. The majority of homeless people experienced a traumatic family event before reaching adulthood.