For young people, the transition to independent living is one of the most important - and probably exciting, difficult and emotionally charged - decisions they will ever make. For most, it means severing their links with parents, home and much that they have been familiar with all their lives. For a minority, it may represent a break from a fraught family situation of which domestic violence or abuse was part and parcel. Whatever the context, it requires a process of searching for, establishing and maintaining a new home and, in many cases, doing this in parallel with seeking employment or undertaking tertiary studies for the first time.
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute 2002