Domestic and family violence (DFV) is one of the main reasons that young people experience homelessness. Better understanding young people’s intersectional experiences of homelessness and violence is a strategic priority for research at BYS, as is exploring the different ways that young people experience violence in comparison to adults.
Our current partnership with the Sexual and Gendered Violence Research group at the University of Queensland is exploring the effectiveness of DFV programs and interventions for young people experiencing and using violence. This partnership will enable the sharing of knowledge between academics and practitioners and advance research on young people’s experiences of DFV.
It’s time we turned off the taps. Australia’s children and young people should not be left homeless.
The Federal Government must address Australia’s child and youth homelessness problem. The argument for a National Child and Youth Housing and Homelessness Plan is not new. Many governments have attempted to address homelessness only to leave children and young people as one or two recommendations in an adult-focused strategy. While there have been many child and youth wellbeing strategies nationally (National Mental Health Commission’s National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy’ for the most recent), they have not adequately addressed the issue of homelessness. The Federal Government has been largely silent on this issue.
Pathways Into Couchsurfing From Child Safety Involvement
Couchsurfing, or temporarily staying with friends, extended family, acquaintances, or strangers, is a growing form of homelessness within Australia, and particularly concentrated among youth. System involvement with child welfare and its link to youth homelessness has previously been well-established, but not within the context of couchsurfing.
Young homeless people and domestic and family violence
Young people experiencing homelessness and domestic and family violence have complex needs and encounter extensive barriers when seeking support and assistance. They may not recognise or may normalise abuse, thereby compounding the issue. Unfortunately, non government and government sectors and agencies can be siloed, further complicating responses and hindering service provision.
Intimate Partner Violence and Homelessness: Young Women Lost in the Intersectionality
The commonly used term ‘domestic violence’ defines intimate partner violence by its occurrence within a ‘home’ context, rather than situating it within interpersonal relationships, whereas the term ‘Intimate Partner Violence’ (IPV) is arguably more inclusive of violent experiences that occur outside of the domestic space.