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Homelessness is a deeply gendered issue. it surprises people to know that the person most likely to walk into a homelessness service is a woman aged 24-34, most likely with a child in tow.  Last financial year, more than 60% of Victorians needing homeless help were female. That’s 3-in-5 clients.  […]

IWD 2018: Homelessness is a women’s issue


  Contrary to the stereotype of the older homeless man, new data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that the person most likely to seek homelessness help in Victoria is a 25-34 year old woman, most probably with a child in tow. New data from @aihw shows […]

Who’s most likely to seek homelessness assistance? Not the person ...



              Kate Colvin, Policy and Communications Manager, Council to Homeless Persons.   This article originally appeared in the May 2016 edition of Parity, Australia’s only dedicated publication on homelessness and housing issues. Subscribe to Parity here  The Royal Commission report recognised the critical importance […]

What Would it Take for Women Fleeing Violence to Have ...


This International Women’s Day we’re using hard data to shatter community perceptions about homelessness. Contrary to the stereotype of the older male rough sleeper, the person mostly likely to seek help from a homeless service is a woman aged 25-34 years. Last financial year, 62% of Victorians needing homeless help were […]

IWD 2017: We won’t have true equality until women have ...



The family violence sector is great at honouring the strength and resilience of the women in our communities and works tirelessly to ensure they are safe and able to live free from violence and abuse. But when we listen to women in the sex industry, we hear a different story. […]

Guest blog: Women in the sex industry and their experience ...


The final report of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, and the Andrews’ Government’s commitment to implement all 227 recommendations represents a game changer for responses to family violence in Victoria. As such it has been well received by the homelessness and family violence sectors. Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) […]

Why we need more supply – or why the odds ...



The Victorian Government is developing a gender equality strategy, which is a timely and formal recognition of the gender imbalance in our society. CHP spoke with four women who had experienced homelessness to get a sense of their experiences. Their stories confirmed what the research shows us, namely that women […]

How does homelessness look through the lens of gender?


Did you know that there are teenage girls in Australia who stay home from school when they’re menstruating because they can’t afford sanitary items? About a year ago, Brisbane-based personal trainer Rochelle Courtenay read an article on the Mamamia website about women experiencing homelessness who couldn’t afford to buy these […]

Share the Dignity: Young women missing school because they can’t ...



We are currently in the midst of the Victoria Against Violence: 16 Days of Activism campaign which runs until Thursday 10th December. It aims to show people what individuals, families, organisations and government can do to prevent family and gender-based violence. Family violence is the single biggest cause of homelessness in […]

More funding needed for programs that protect survivors of family ...


On the 30th of May 2014, the Victorian Government announced a funding package to strengthen the response to family violence across Victoria. Worth 30-million dollars, it includes expanding the state wide Strengthening Risk Management program that connects family violence, family services, police and the courts. The main aim of the […]

Family violence is everyone’s business: specialist training workshop