Alternatives to Assault: The Utilization of Emergency Shelters by Immigrant Women in Toronto (1982)


The Mental Health Sub-Committee of Women Working with Immigrant Women commissioned this 1982 study on the social service delivery system oriented to meeting the needs of immigrant women for emergency shelter and support services in Metropolitan Toronto. It identifies an urgent need for better support services addressing the experiences of non-English-speaking immigrant women who face abuse. The study makes numerous recommendations regarding structural changes and better operational practices for existing shelters to better serve assaulted immigrant women. It proposes an all immigrant women emergency shelter staffed with multilingual workers as the most efficient and economical alternative.