advocacy for specialised refuges and housing for women

October 2013

A New Zealand study carried out for ACC — described in the reference below — identified that domestic violence may account for as much as 12% of psychological distress and 7% of physical illness among adult women in New Zealand. 

Reference: Kazantzis, N., R. A. Flett, et al.  Domestic Violence, Psychological Distress and Physical Illness Among New Zealand Women:  Results from a community based study. New Zealand Journal of Psychology 2000 29 [2] 67 -73.

Research in USA reveals that "Up to 100 percent of homeless women have experienced domestic or sexual violence."

Reference: Policy Brief: The characteristics of homeless women. Colorado Coalition for the Homeless January 2012