The Melbourne Women's Homelessness Prevention Project provides a weekly outreach clinic where women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness can receive legal advice and intensive support from social workers for up to three months. The aim is to transition to long term support such as domestic violence counselling, education, employment and other support. Click here to go to Justice Connect website for more information.
Among the contributing factors to Kath's homelessness includes getting involved with some "nasty relationships". Kath says, "There is nothing I don't understand about domestic violence. I had cared for and spoilt the men in my life, even though they treated me that way. Now I am alone. There are no more black eyes. There are no more sleepless nights living in fear."
As a result of interviewing women in-depth about their experiences of psychological abuse/coercive control by their male partners, I (Clare Murphy PhD) developed a new power and control wheel. The wheel expands upon the Duluth Wheel to include a wider range of non-physical tactics of power and control.