The face of homelessness is increasingly that of a woman

Women are more vulnerable than ever with a greater likelihood of experiencing poverty and violence, putting their risk of homelessness at an all time high. Is this the face we want to show to the world on International Women’s Day 2013?

Data released from the 2011 Census shows an increase in the proportion of women who are experiencing homelessness. Between the 2006 and 2011 Census the rate of female homelessness rose at a much greater rate than that of male homelessness. Almost half of the homeless population in Australia are female, with domestic and family violence the most cited reason for seeking help from specialist homelessness services.

SOURCE: “Women more vulnerable than ever.” Homelessness Australia Media release 8 March 2013

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