Domestic and family violence makes a woman’s home the least safe place she can be, and getting to safety often means finding somewhere new to
live. But a lack of available social and affordable housing drives many women to return to their perpetrators and the risk of violence, or into homelessness.
Stable housing is critical for women to build a safe life, as it promotes both safety and wellbeing, including for children. While ideally when situations of family and domestic violence arise women would be able to stay in their homes, and perpetrators would be removed, the reality is that many women need to leave their home to find safety.
- Family and domestic violence is the primary reason women and children seek specialist homelessness services, but only 3.2% are currently receiving the long-term housing solutions they need.
- Comparing March 2020 and March 2021 there was a 5.9% increase in the number of women seeking specialist homelessness services that had experienced domestic violence, compared to a 0.4% decrease across all other client groups.
- There is an immediate need for an additional 16,810 social housing units to provide women somewhere to go when their only option is to leave their homes due to domestic and family violence.