Supporting women and children through the year

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Supporting women and children through the year

June 15, 2018

Since April 2017, Emerge has supported 126 women and children with housing, therapy and practical support.

Data collected through the year, ending March 2018, show that:

  • 126 women and children received multiple services while in emergency accommodation.
  • The average length of support period was 2-14 weeks (37.8%), followed by 14 to 26 weeks (18.9%) with 18.9% supported for 26 to 52 weeks.
  • 5% of women and children were referred to Emerge by a crisis referral agency.
  • 56 clients were in transitional housing (45 of these were children).
  • 69% of the women who were supported during this period were not born in Australia. 74% of the women in refuge were from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, with immigration highest from Somalia (5.5%) and Sudan 6.9%), as well as Iraq, Thailand, Vietnam, Lebanon Eritrea and Saudi Arabia.
  • 5% of the women were from an Indigenous background.
  • 45 of the clients in refuge were children under the age of 18, with 17 being infants (0-2years).
  • 28 of the clients were women, and the most common age range for women was between 30-34 years (18%).
  • Family violence (65.8%), housing crisis and housing affordability stress (11.7%), and relationship/family breakdown (8.1%) continue to be the highest reasons for seeking refuge, and 2.7% said they were unable to return home.
  • Within a week before presenting 23% of clients were already in short term emergency crisis accommodation and 6.8% were sleeping rough. Of all clients entering the service 76% had not had a permanent address in over a month.
  • 36% of clients (including children) were not housed with a perpetrator one week before presenting to Emerge.
  • One week before presenting, 34% of women were not in the labour force; with 64.4% receiving no income, 16.4% receiving a parenting payment, and 5.5% Newstart allowance.
  • One week before presenting, one child was in preschool, 12 in primary school, and five in secondary school.
  • The highest percentage of needs identified was assistance for domestic/family violence, followed by housing, advice/ information and advocacy on client behalf.
  • The highest percentage of referrals made were for health or medical assistance, child protection, medium term housing, and specialist counselling.

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