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Domestic and family violence is the main reason women and children leave their homes in Australia  and has consistently been one of the most common reasons clients have sought assistance from specialist homelesssness agencies (see Clients, services and outcomes).
In 2014–15, 36% of all people requesting assistance from specialist homelessness agencies were escaping domestic or family violence (92,000 clients). This included 31,000 children aged under 18 and 56,000 adult females.
Since the beginning of the SHS collection in 2011–12, the number of clients who had experienced domestic and family violence has increased. Key trends identified over these 4 years have been:
Rates are crude rates based on the Australian estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June of the reference year.
* Indicates where previously published data have been revised to ensure consistent reporting over time. 2011–12 data were revised in December 2013 but not previously reported in this format.
The denominator for the proportion achieving all case management goals is the number of client groups with a case management plan. Denominator values for proportions are provided in the relevant national supplementary table.
Source: Specialist homelessness services Annual Reports 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15.
In 2014–15 there were over 7,500 more clients seeking assistance for domestic and family violence.
This increase was largely due to more domestic and family violence clients in Victoria (nearly 5,700 clients) and Western Australia (about 1,200).
Nearly half of all clients (47%) seeking assistance for domestic and family violence were living in single parent households (with a child or children).
Sixty-three percent were at risk of homelessness when first presenting for support.
In 2014–15 changes occurred in the way agencies are required to report 'main reason' and 'reasons for seeking assistance'. Comparisons over time should be made with caution as the reporting of housing crisis, financial difficulties and housing affordability stress may be inconsistent between agencies. See Technical information for further details.
The majority of clients of specialist homelessness services who were escaping domestic and family violence were females and children (Figure DV.1). In particular:
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table DV.1 (702KB XLS).
clients escaping domestic and family violence needed short term or emergency accommodation.
Clients who had experienced domestic and family violence were most commonly recorded as needing assistance for domestic/family violence (71%). The next most common services that were identified as a need for assistance were (Figure DV.2):
Of the persons identified as needing assistance for domestic and family violence, 90% were provided assistance.
Note: Excludes 'Other basic assistance', 'Advice/information', and 'Advocacy/liaison on behalf of client'.
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table DV.3 (702KB XLS).
Of clients who experienced domestic and family violence with closed support periods, at the start of support:
The housing outcomes for those clients with closed support who had experienced domestic or family violence showed that (Figure DV.3):
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table DV.4 (702KB XLS).
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