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White Ribbon Australia response to National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness to 2017

White Ribbon Australia commends the decision by the Australian Government to provide $230 million to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness to 2017.

Housing services for women and children escaping domestic and family violence are essential. Data shows that domestic and family violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children and that demand for homelessness services as a result of domestic violence is increasing (AIHW 2014). Almost 78,000 women and children that accessed specialist homelessness services in 2013/14 were escaping domestic and family violence, a 9% increase on 2012/13 figures (AIHW 2014: 39-40).

White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies said: ‘In providing priority funding to homelessness service providers working with women and children escaping domestic and family violence, the Australian Government is addressing a serious and worsening social issue. We welcome the funding announcement made today by the Minister for Social Services’.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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