Integrated housing support for vulnerable families

How best can housing and services support be provided and improved for families affected by domestic and family violence?

This AHURI Inquiry will focus on the provision of integrated housing support for families, including those affected by domestic and family violence. It will provide significant new knowledge on the gendered nature of housing insecurity, housing pathways, and transition points at which culturally safe and holistic service responses are effective.

This Inquiry includes three supporting research projects which have now been published and can be accessed below.

Final Inquiry Report

The Final Inquiry Report was published on 7 October 2020:

valentine, k., Cripps, K., Flanagan, K., Habibis, D., Martin, C. and Blunden, H. (2020) Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families, AHURI Final Report No. 339, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/339, doi:10.18408/ahuri7116001.

Additional details:

Housing outcomes after domestic and family violence

This research examined the impact of housing and other support services on safety and wellbeing for families experiencing domestic and family violence. It reviewed the legislative framework, strategies, governance arrangements and major initiatives in each state and territory, together with interviews with key stakeholders and users to better understand integration of support services.

Led by: Kathleen Flanagan, University of Tasmania
Project status: Complete, download the final report
Publish date: 10 April 2019

Family impacts of social housing legal responses to occupier misconduct

This research reviewed social housing tenancies law and policies in five jurisdictions, and national policy principles and frameworks relating to four types of vulnerable people: women affected by domestic violence; children; Indigenous persons; and people affected by alcohol and other drugs. Social housing policy in Australia targets assistance to households with low incomes and complex support needs and seeks to give social landlords a role in relation to crime and noncriminal anti-social behaviour.

Led by: Chris Martin, UNSW Sydney
Project status: Complete, download the final report
Publish date: 13 June 2019

Improving housing and service responses to family violence for Indigenous individuals and families

This study investigated the needs of Indigenous women and children who are severely over-represented in rates of domestic and family violence (DFV). Developing culturally appropriate responses to Indigenous DFV and improving integration between housing and DFV and child protection services should reduce rates of Indigenous women's injury and death, as well as rates of Indigenous children's out-of-home care.

Led by: Kyllie Cripps, UNSW Sydney
Project status: Complete, download the final report
Publish date: 29 August 2019

Each Inquiry is guided by a panel of experts from government, industry and the not-for-profit sector. The panel for this Inquiry included:

  • Heather Nancarrow, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited
  • Kym Goodes,  Tasmanian Council of Social Services
  • Kate Burton, Tasmanian Council of Social Services
  • Ruby Steele, Legal Aid
  • Judy Sutherland, Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Government
  • Tammy White, Department of Housing and Community Development, NT Government
  • Jeanette Lewis,  Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmanian Government
  • Roslyn Baxter, Department of Social Services, Australian Government
  • Rachel Livingston, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Government