Shine a light on violence against women: trapped between violence and homelessness
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, peak body for homelessness services, Homelessness Australia, is embarking on a 16 day campaign to shine a light on violence against women.
"Domestic violence is a leading driver of homelessness in Australia," CEO of Homelessness Australia, Glenda Stevens, said. "It is the single largest reason people access homelessness services. Domestic violence is complex – a large number of people experiencing it will never seek help."
There is a direct relationship between housing, homelessness and domestic violence. A lack of alternative housing – whether it be long public housing waiting lists, lack of available crisis accommodation and lack of financial means forces many women (and their children) to choose between abuse at home or sleeping rough.
"Eliminating violence against women will dramatically reduce homelessness in Australia" Ms Stevens said. "However, the current review of the homelessness sector by the government is creating a great deal of uncertainty".
Ending violence against women, just like ending homelessness, will take time and effort. But in the meantime we can address the immediate consequences of violence, and homelessness, by funding services to give people to support they need to get back on their feet.
Day 3 - Myths
Day 4 - Physical violence
Day 5 - Emotional abuse