In this submission AWAVA discusses homelessness arising from experiences of domestic and family violence. As the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has established, “Domestic and family violence is the main reason women and children leave their homes in Australia and is consistently one of the most common reasons clients have sought assistance from specialist homelessness agencies”.
Homelessness arising from the experiences of domestic and family violence is also linked to the lack of affordable housing, ineligibility for women on temporary visas to access social and public housing, discrimination and other gender-based economic and health inequalities. Homelessness also increases risk of gender-based violence in particular sexual violence. In addition, when intertwined with poverty and lack of social security support, many women are forced to engage in survival sex to obtain any accommodation, ‘pay the rent’ or to obtain general ‘protection’.