Women seeking more help over homelessness and domestic violence

The number of women seeking relief from homelessness and domestic violence was increasing at a higher rate than for men in Orange.

Housing Plus Head of Community Services Penny Dordoy said the rate had increased in the past four years.

Ms Dordoy said there had been an increase in the number of older women seeking help after being poorly treated by their own family.

“We are seeing a lot of older women,” she said.

“When a partner dies, the grown-up children feel they have ownership of the property and move in.”

This could lead to the women being forced out of their homes, having money taken from them and being poorly treated.

Ms Dordoy was commenting on a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW] into homelessness in NSW released this week.

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