The May 2015 “It Has to Stop: Homelessness Violence” edition





Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons

Update from Homelessness Australia

Glenda Stevens, Chief Executive Officer, Homelessness Australia (HA)

Chapter 1: The Voices of the Experience of Violence

Homelessness and Violence

Pat ‘Spike’ Chiappalone

Violence in Homelessness

Danny Nepean, Peer Education Support Program Participant

Violence in Rooming Houses: A Different Take

Mark Towler, CHP PESP Member

Consumer Voices — The Violence of Homelessness

Consumer Voices is a regular feature in Parity. Articles are written by and with consumers to ensure they have a say about the issues that directly affect them.

Chapter 2: Understanding the Connections Between Violence and Homelessness

‘Pillar to Post’: Listening to Violence and Homelessness

Catherine Robinson

Living and Leaving ‘Normal’ Violence

Morgan Cataldo, Policy and Strategic Projects Officer, Melbourne City Mission

Young People, Homelessness and Violence

Adam Barnes, Kaytlin Warner and Danielle Price, Brisbane Youth Service

‘Real men don’t hit women’: Addressing Masculinity in the Prevention of Violence Against Women

Dr Michael Salter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, The University of Western Sydney

Negotiating Safety and Violence

Philip Macey, Neami National

Understanding Women’s Decision Making: The Intolerable Choice of Living in a Violent House or Escaping to the Uncertainty of Homelessness and Poverty

Tori Cooke, Senior Social Work Practitioner, Family and Domestic Violence Consultant, Anglicare WA

Chapter 3: Violence Against Women and Children

When the Home is a Warzone: Family Violence Through the Eyes of a Child

Luisa Pisano and Halime Aldemir, Statewide Children’s Resource Program

Victim Blaming is Still a Significant Issue

Family Violence Response Centre, safe steps

Private Rental: The Barriers to a Safe, Sustainable and Long-term Accommodation Option for Women Escaping Family Violence

Seanne Sweeney, Private Rental Access Worker, Family Violence Services, Salvation Army Crisis Services

Counting the ‘Cost’ of Family Violence in Melbourne’s North

The Northern Integrated Family Violence Services Coordination Team, Women’s Health in the North

What Lies Beneath: Shifting Our Gaze from Victims to Perpetrators: The Imperative to Resource Opportunities for Abusive Men to Change

Tori Cooke, Senior Social Work Practitioner, Family and Domestic Violence Consultant, Anglicare WA

‘Violence is a Choice’

Penny Underwood, Media Wise for McAuley Community Services for Women

Working with News and Social Media to Prevent Violence Against Women and Their Children

Vanessa Born, Media Projects Manager, Domestic Violence Victoria

Chapter 4: Violence, Homelessness and the Law

Opportunities for Early Intervention: Bringing Perpetrators of Family Violence Into View

Elena Campbell, Report Author, and Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University

What Role Can Law Reform Play in Breaking the Nexus Between Violence and Homelessness, and in Particular Prevent Domestic and Family Violence?

Simi Chugani, Policy Officer, Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA)

Melbourne: The World’s Most Livable City — Unless You Are a Victim of Family Violence

Patrick Warner, Lawyer, Justice Connect Homeless Law

Chapter 5: Responding to Violence

Home, Harm and Homelessness

No To Violence Men’s Referral Service

Access to Housing for Women Escaping Violence: A Question of Balance

Sonja McDowell and Erin Field, Brisbane Youth Service

Housing Connect Family Violence Housing Assistance Program

Rachel Foster, Housing Connect Worker, Wesley Mission Victoria, Janene Evans, Manager, Wesley Crisis and Homelessness Services

A Unique Space: Communicare Breathing Space

Gary D Smith, Program Manager, Offender Services Communicare Inc.

Improving Safety in the Home Pilot: An Alternative Approach that Works

Jeanine Jones, Project Officer, Innovation and Foundation Development, Safe Futures Foundation

Violence, Homelessness and Safety

Jed Donoghue, Stream Manager, Housing and Homeless Services, The Salvation Army, Australia Southern Territory, Hobart Tasmania

The Challenge of Working with Complex Behaviours

Phillip Goulding, Deputy General Manager, Wintringham

On the Outside

Don McCrae, Team Leader, Salvation Army Supported Housing, Street to Home, Reintegration for Ex-Offenders


Rob Hulls

Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University

Alison Macdonald

Policy and Program Manager, Domestic Violence Victoria

Joseph Connellan and Judy Line

Women’s Housing Limited

Jacqui Watt

CEO of No To Violence / Men’s Referral Service

Hannah Gissane

Project Co-ordinator, Equality Rights Alliance

Jocelyn Bignold

CEO, McAuley Community Services for Women