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The Relationship between Domestic and Family Violence and Housing

The Relationship between Domestic and Family Violence and Housing

Advice on legislation or legal policy issues contained in this paper is provided for use in parliamentary debate and for related parliamentary purposes. This paper is not professional legal opinion.
e-brief 07/2019 by Talina Drabsch

‚ÄčThis e-brief investigates the issue of Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) in the context of housing and homelessness.

Living with DFV has an enormous impact, with potential outcomes ranging from death, illness, injury, disability, emotional and psychological trauma, homelessness, anxiety and depression, to substance abuse. The availability of safe, secure and affordable housing is important when it comes to providing victim-survivors with a genuine, long-term option that enables them to permanently leave a violent relationship.

The paper provides an overview of issues relating to women's refuges, the link between homelessness and DFV, the right to adequate housing, and other issues of housing insecurity for women living with DFV.