“Many women come to the transition house with no source of income other than their husbands’ pay cheques. They are mostly mothers to young children and/or wives to husbands who block their access to money. They face unaffordable childcare and education, are pushed toward low paid employment, and forced to cope with lack of pay equity and inadequate sexual harassment provisions. Even women from middle class homes rarely have their own independent money. A transition house can therefore be both a safe shelter and an address from which to apply for welfare or apply for work. Welfare, though inadequate, is often the only economic option supporting women’s autonomy” (International Gathering of Transition House Workers, May 23-28th, 2008)

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