Women, Domestic and Family Violence and Homelessness: A Synthesis Report 2008

Found in: Housing and homelessness resources

FLINDERS INSTITUTE FOR HOUSING, URBAN AND REGIONAL RESEARCH FOR THE OFFICE FOR WOMEN DEPARTMENT OF FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

This report investigates the support and accommodation needs of women (and children) affected by domestic and family violence. It finds that there is no one pathway into homelessness for all women affected by domestic and family violence and thus no one solution to domestic and family violence related homelessness. A range of prevention and intervention initiatives are recommended as part of an integrated approach to addressing domestic and family violence, and violence related homelessness. The report finds that two types of assistance are critical in terms of supporting women affected by domestic and family violence:

  • provision of safe, secure and affordable housing; and
  • provision of a continuum of individualised and open-ended support, including outreach services, that wraps around women and their children in a range of areas (therapy, health, life skills, housing assistance et cetera) for as long as they need it.

The Report concludes that it is imperative that accommodation and the range of support services required by women affected by domestic and family violence (counselling, health care, therapeutic services and income support) are well integrated, individualised, ongoing and open-ended.

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