Key Information

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN AUSTRALIA

A survey of domestic violence in Australia revealed that 1 in 3 women & 1 in 5 men have experienced at least one incident of violence from a current or former partner since the age of 15.

Between 2014 and 2016 there were 264028 domestic violence incidents reported and recorded.

On average one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.

Bryant, W.& Bricknall, S (2017). Homicide in Australia 2012-14. National Homicide Monitoring Program report. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children.

AIHW. (2017). Specialist Homelessness Services 2016-17. Canberra: AIWH.

Children of mothers experiencing domestic violence have higher rates of social and emotional problems than other children (3).

Shin H., Rogers H. & Law V (2015). Domestic Violence in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, Canberra: Department of Social Services.

To find out more on the impact of domestic violence on children and young people, visit the White Ribbon Australian Website and view their Breaking the Silence Schools Program.


HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTRALIA

In the 2018 Census there were 116,427 people classified as being homeless (around 50 persons for every 10,000 persons).

The ABS says this is an increase of 14% in five years despite the steady economic growth in Australia over this period.


Whilst the common view of a homeless person is someone sleeping rough under a bridge or on a park bench, this group is not the only category that are deemed homeless.

Other categories include those staying temporarily with friends/relatives (couch surfing) and those sleeping in cars.

The largest category, however, are those in temporary 'supported accommodation for the homeless' (which includes crisis centres, domestic violence shelters, etc.) provided by the various government and non-government organisations/agencies.

It is these organisations, often stretched to capacity, that turn to RufUs for assistance to furnish the houses/units they find for their clients.

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