(Image – Lady Musgrave 14th Women and Homelessness Forum – Michael Hogan, Victoria Parker (LMT), Melissa Bull (QUT C4J) and Louise Kelly (LMT)
QUT Centre for Justice has released a new Briefing Paper titled, “Young homeless people and domestic and family violence: Experiences, challenges and innovative responses” written by Danielle Davidson (QUT), Bridget Harris (Monash University) and Helena Menih (LaTrobe University).
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. To overcome this problem, an innovative approach has been employed by some agencies; an embedded worker model. We have conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with agencies in Brisbane, Australia, who employ this model. As we discuss, the embedded worker aims to connect youth and domestic and family violence organisations, potentially addressing abuse better and bolstering youth safety and the capability and capacity of workers.
This paper was launched during the recent Lady Musgrave 14th Women and Homelessness Forum, held on 3 August 2022 at QUT Gardens Theatre Foyer. This event explored the pathway to homelessness for women in Queensland and told stories of coercive control, violence and systemic disadvantage.
The program included panels on Sex, Control and Homelessness, Young People and Young Adults and Making Queensland Safer for Women and involved speakers and presenters from across government and industry to discuss the situation for women in Queensland could be improved.
As part of the event, Lady Musgrave released The Handy Guide. This guide is printed annually, with regular online updates, as a service directory for the Brisbane area (including Logan, Ipswich and the Redlands) to be used by women in need, governments and not-for-profit organisations. The Handy Guide includes resources and information around Domestic and Family Violence and Housing and Homelessness.