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VIOLENCE

Women who said that they had experienced forms of violence as adults were almost twice as likely to report being depressed and in need of professional help as were those who had not experienced violence as adults.

Chart 14: ADULT EXPERIENCES OF VIOLENCE AND DEPRESSION

Experiences of violence as an adult:

Depressed and need professional help

Sexual assault

32%

60%

Attacked with a weapon (nonpartner)

37%

53%

Physical violence by partner

29%

52%

Attacked with a weapon by partner

34%

64%

Key: Yes

No

ACCESS TO CARE

Of all women surveyed, 27 percent said they were unable to receive needed help for an emotional or mental health problem. The reasons varied:

  • 66 percent said they had no money to get treatment.

  • 63 percent said they did not have a medical card.

  • 48 percent said treatment was not available in jail.

  • 47 percent said help was not available outside of jail.

  • 12 percent said that their partner prevented it.

The women stated that lack of money, insurance, and availability of services were the key reasons why they were not able to access care for emotional and mental health needs.

8.

EMPLOYMENT

“I had no income, no housing, no address, no start.”

The majority of women surveyed said they were not em- ployed in the 30 days before entering Cook County Jail.

Chart 15: EMPLOYMENT STATUS

53.5% Not employed

26.5% employed full time

but not

6% working day

10%

working

labor/odd jobs

employed part time

4% employed

Just over a quarter of those surveyed were employed full time before entering jail. Of those who were not employed, only a third were looking for work:

  • 37 percent were not looking for work.

  • 33 percent were looking for work.

  • 10 percent were disabled and unable to work.

  • 7 percent were homemakers.

  • 2 percent were students.

BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT

Unemployed women reported facing many barriers to employment. The most common barriers reported by the unemployed were untreated addictions, a past criminal record, and homelessness.

  • 60 percent reported an alcohol or substance abuse

problem.

  • 42 percent reported a past criminal record.

  • 23 percent reported being homeless.

  • 23 percent reported transportation problems.

  • 19 percent reported being ill a lot.

  • 13 percent reported childcare needs.

  • 10 percent reported that a partner prevented it.

  • 9 percent reported having a pregnancy.

  • 8 percent reported job discrimination.

CHICAGO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS 11

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