Specialist homelessness services clients who have experienced family and domestic violence

Specialist homelessness services (SHS) can provide assistance to people who are experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of homelessness, including clients who have experienced family and domestic violence. Examining the number of SHS clients who have experienced family and domestic violence provides an indication of the level of service response. Data on people seeking support from SHS agencies are drawn from the AIHW Specialist Homelessness Services Collection. The AIHW Specialist homelessness services annual report includes additional details on Clients who have experienced family and domestic violence.

The visualisation below allows users to explore the number of SHS clients who have experienced family and domestic violence, by sex and state and territory, over time.

Specialist homelessness services clients who have experienced family and domestic violence, by sex and state and territory, 201112 to 202021

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The visualisation below allows users to explore the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander SHS clients who have experienced family and domestic violence, by sex, over time.

Indigenous Specialist homelessness services clients who have experienced family and domestic violence, by sex, 201112 to 202021

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Population groups 

Some population groups may be at higher risk of homelessness due to family and domestic violence. Understanding which groups are at higher risk, can be used to inform the development of more targeted programs and services for these clients.

The visualisation below allows users to explore the number of SHS clients who have experienced family and domestic violence, by various population groups.

Specialist homelessness services clients who have experienced family and domestic violence, for select population groups, 202021

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Other characteristics 

Selected vulnerabilities

People who experience family and domestic violence may experience other vulnerabilities to experiencing homelessness, such as mental health issues and problematic drug or alcohol use.

The visualisation below allows users to explore the proportion of SHS clients who have experienced family and domestic violence and who also experience, current mental health issues, or problematic drug and/or alcohol use, by sex.

Specialist homelessness services clients aged 10 and over who have experienced family and domestic violence, by select vulnerabilities, 201112 to 202021

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Disability

SHS clients who experience family and domestic violence, may also be living with disability.

The visualisation below allows users to explore the proportion of SHS clients who have experienced family and domestic violence and are living with disability, by sex.

Specialist homelessness services clients who have experienced family and domestic violence, with disability, by sex, 2013–14 to 2020–21

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Children

Given the impact of childhood experiences on future development and wellbeing, children accessing specialist homelessness services who have experienced family and domestic violence are a particularly vulnerable group.

The visualisation below allows users to explore SHS clients aged under 18 years who have experienced family and domestic violence, and present alone at the beginning of their support by sex and age group, over time.

Specialist homelessness services clients who have experienced family and domestic violence and are presenting alone, by age and sex, 201112 to 202021

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The visualisation below allows users to explore SHS females aged 18 years and over who have experienced family and domestic violence, and present with a child/ren only at the beginning of their support, by age group, over time.

Female specialist homelessness services clients who have experienced family and domestic violence and are presenting with a child/ren only, by age, 201112 to 202021

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