NT homeless services turning away a dozen people a day

NORTHERN Territory homeless services are turning away 11 people a day on average, the greatest proportion of whom are women fleeing family violence.

According to data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 75 per cent of those people were women and girls.

Family violence was the most common reason for people to seek help. About 39 per cent of people said they were homeless because of violence in the home. Susan Crane from Darwin women’s refuge Dawn House said services were stretched to capacity.

Dawn House has six rooms to house women and their children who are in immediate danger.

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