Domestic and family violence causes considerable disruption to the lives of Australian families, with many affected seeking alternative accommodation; this puts them at an increased risk of falling into homelessness. The report, Domestic and family violence and homelessness 2011–12 to 2013–14, is the first of its kind to examine multiple years of homelessness data. The report describes the characteristics of clients of specialist homelessness services who sought assistance for domestic and family violence, the services requested, outcomes achieved, and unmet requests for services between 2011–12 and 2013–14.

  • Cat. no: WEB 109
Findings from this report:
  • Around 520,000 Australians accessed SHS, with 36% seeking assistance due to DFV

  • Of all SHS clients, almost 150,000 females and just over 40,000 males indicated experiencing DFV

  • On average, DFV clients received more days of support (136 days) than other SHS clients (92 days)

  • 3 in 10 men experiencing DFV identified mental health as a reason for seeking assistance

  • Indigenous women had the greatest number of support periods (3.4 on average) for DFV

  • Over 90% of first requests by DFV clients for long term accommodation were unable to be met

  • Just under half (48%) of DFV clients were considered homeless on presentation

  • 3 in 4 women with children who experienced DFV were housed in social housing or private rental following support