Breaking the cycle of violence this Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Apr 19, 2022

This Wednesday 20 April 2022 is Youth Homelessness Matters Day – the annual national day to raise awareness, challenge stereotypes, and advocate for greater support for young people experiencing homelessness.

 

Domestic and family violence are well recognised as common causes of homelessness. In 2020-21, 72% of young people who presented to Brisbane Youth Service experienced family violence, 45% experienced relationship violence, and 23% acknowledged that they themselves used violent or threatening behaviours*.

 

On this Youth Homelessness Matters Day, Brisbane Youth Service CEO Annemaree Callander is announcing an innovative program for young people who are using violence in their relationships.

 

“K.I.N.D. which stands for Kinship, Improving relationships, No violence and Developing skills, works with young people, partners and family members to deal with the effects of violence in their lives,” said Ms Callander.

 

“K.I.N.D. helps young people find new ways to address their problems and manage anger to maintain healthy, safe, and respectful relationships and break the ongoing cycle of violence.”

 

Brisbane Youth Service is working in partnership with The Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs, and Children’s Health Queensland’s Forensic Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) to deliver this new early intervention program.

 

Brisbane Youth Service’s Young Women and Young Families Program Manager Lou Baker stresses the importance of early intervention.

 

“In order to break the cycle of inter-generational domestic and family violence, it is crucial that young people using violence are provided with appropriate, specialised supports,” she said.

 

“I am continually surprised by young people’s willingness and readiness to attend each week. For example, we had a young man last week who was in trouble for not attending detention, but he remembered to come to K.I.N.D. straight after school.

 

“We also recently had one young person who just came out of custody and called up as soon as he came out saying, ‘Right, let’s get back into K.I.N.D. again’,” said Ms. Baker.

 

The K.I.N.D. trial, developed by South Australia’s Youth Justice Department, includes nine modules for the young person, six modules for the young person’s partner or family, and three modules attended jointly.

 

Youth Justice service centres will refer clients to the skills-based program and Forensic CYMHS clinicians and Brisbane Youth Service will deliver the program which takes between three and six months to complete.

 

* Brisbane Youth Service – % of all young people who exited support in 2020-21

 

ENDS

 

For further information please contact:

Emily Nunes                                                                                     

Brisbane Youth Service                                                

P: 0481 558 783    E: enunes@brisyouth.org

 

Notes:

  • Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) is the annual national day to raise awareness, break stereotypes, and advocate for greater supports for young people experiencing homelessness
  • This YHMD (Wednesday 20 April 2022), join the campaign for a national plan to coordinate action and end youth homelessness HERE
  • To help create new futures for young people and young families experiencing homelessness, donate to Brisbane Youth Service brisyouth.org/donate
  • Each year, Brisbane Youth Service supports thousands of young people in crisis (aged 12-25 years) and the demand continues to increase significantly each year.
  • The number of requests for assistance from young people has increased by 98% over the past 3 years.
  • In 2020/21 72% had experienced family violence, 60% had a diagnosed mental health issue, 53% were homeless, and 26% were young parents
  • Most were also experiencing a range of other complex issues and barriers such as:

82% were in unsafe, unsuitable or unaffordable housing

57% had no or poor family support

47% had experienced domestic violence

28% had current legal issues

18% had no source of income

 

Since 1977, Brisbane Youth Service has been working to create new futures for vulnerable and at-risk young people (aged 12-25 years), providing free, confidential services including: crisis and transitional housing; emergency relief; physical and mental health services; alcohol and drug interventions; and specialist programs for young women and young families.