Why are so many Indigenous women homeless in Far North and North West Queensland, Australia? Service providers' views of causes

Graham, Deborah, Wallace, Valda, Selway, Deb, Howe, Elizabeth, and Kelly, Tamara (2014) Why are so many Indigenous women homeless in Far North and North West Queensland, Australia? Service providers' views of causes. Journal of Tropical Psychology, 4. pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

Homelessness is a complex problem affecting Australian Indigenous women disproportionately compared to the rest of the Australian population. Homelessness service providers in Cairns and Mount Isa, Australia, provided their perceptions as to why Indigenous women were presenting to homeless services. The key reasons cited by service providers were: domestic violence; alcohol and other drugs; and financial hardship. Other reasons included racist real estate agents; avoiding alcohol and family; overcrowding; literacy and numeracy skills; difficulty returning home and; not enough public housing. Potential solutions to help break this cycle of homelessness are explored. This research suggests that an important overall goal in reducing homelessness is to ensure that Indigenous women are safe at home in their own communities.

Item ID: 36279
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: homelessness, Australian Indigenous, women, service providers, housing, Cairns, Mt Isa
ISSN: 1838-9902
Funders: Mercy Foundation
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2014 01:21
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 100%
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