Tenancy law reform urgently required to help domestic and family violence victims

Domestic and family violence in Australia is widespread.

More than a third of women who’ve had an intimate partner have experienced at least one act of violence in their life.

More than 1 million women experienced stalking, emotional abuse and violence in 2016 alone, according to the federal Department of Social Services.

Domestic and family violence also affects the wider community with an annual cost of $22 billion in Australia.

While publications like the Queensland Government’s Not Now Not Ever Report are a step in the right direction, they have made limited recommendations regarding Australian housing and regulation of the rental market.

How have states and territories responded?

Safe, accessible and affordable accommodation is critical for women to leave violent relationships and establish new, stable homes.

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