The Safe House: The Role of Housing in Domestic and Family Violence

CEO of Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS), Dr Heather Nancarrow, delivered a Keynote Address on day three of the National Housing Conference 2017, Friday 1st December. Her address took place before a panel discussion featuring the Hon. Pru Goward, Hon. Linda Burney MP, Associate Professor kylie valentine and David Fisher. Following is a transcript of her words.

I begin by acknowledging the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. I pay my respects to their elders past and present. I acknowledge the deep and continuing spiritual connection of Aboriginal people to the land upon which we are gathered to discuss the role of housing in domestic and family violence. I also acknowledge the Hon. Linda Burney, a proud Wiradjuri woman, and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are with us at this gathering. I pay my respects to you, to your elders, past and present, and to your emerging leaders.

It cannot escape our attention that Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people across Australia are over-represented in statistics on homelessness and on family violence. I encourage you to keep the traditional custodians of this land in your hearts and minds during our discussions, and throughout your work to address family violence-related homelessness.

The Hon. Pru Goward MP, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; the Hon. Linda Burney, Federal Shadow Minister for Human Services; Associate Professor kylie valentine, and distinguished guests: I’m delighted to be giving this address at the AHURI Conference. I’m also delighted to be supporting the AHURI-funded Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families, led
by Associate Professor valentine, as a member of her Inquiry Panel.

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