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released: 28 Sep 2005 author: AIHW media release

Domestic violence affects the physical, emotional, social and economic wellbeing of individuals and families. Domestic violence is also a major factor contributing to homelessness in Australia, particularly for women. In 2003-04, it is estimated that 33% (32,700) of the 100,200 clients accessing the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP), the major government response to homelessness in Australia, were women escaping domestic violence. In addition, 66% (34,700) of the 52,700 accompanying children in SAAP were children who accompanied a female parent or guardian escaping domestic violence.

Cat. no. AUS 64; 28pp.; OUT OF PRINT

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Publication table of contents

  • Contents (297K PDF)
  • Introduction
  • Main findings
  • Estimating the SAAP female domestic violence group
  • Profile of female SAAP clients escaping domestic violence
  • Referral source
  • Length of support and accommodation
  • Meeting the needs of women escaping domestic violence
  • Circumstances before and after support
  • Support plans
  • Accompanying children
  • Appendix 1: Statistical tables (353K PDF)
  • References
  • Acknowledgments

Recommended citation

AIHW 2005. Female SAAP clients and children escaping domestic and family violence 2003-04. AIHW bulletin no. 30. Cat. no. AUS 64. Canberra: AIHW.

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