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

  • 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

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