Domestic and family violence and homelessness 2011-12 to 2013-14
Domestic and family violence causes considerable disruption to the lives of Australian families, with many affected seeking alternative accommodation and falling into homelessness. Between 2011–12 and 2013–14, the AIHW identified 520,000 Australians who accessed specialist homelessness services (SHS). Of these, over one-third were adults and children seeking assistance for reasons of domestic and family violence. Nine in 10 adult clients (aged 18 and over) seeking assistance for domestic and family violence were female.
The complexity of domestic and family violence situations requires continued support over long time periods. Domestic and family violence clients received, on average, more days of support than other SHS clients (136 days compared with 92 days of support, respectively). Alarmingly, 20% of domestic and family violence clients ended their support with no shelter, couch surfing or no tenure and a further 20% were in short term accommodation.
Within the domestic and family violence SHS population 6 prominent client groups were identified. The characteristics of these client groups, their service needs, and outcomes following support are described in this report. Children under the age of 15 are not included in the analysis.
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