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Homeless stats ignore domestic violence

 
May 13th 2016
 

Homeless figures could be twice as high as thought in Ireland, because victims of domestic violence are not counted. The issue was highlighted by the Safe Ireland network, which supports 21 refuges. According to the agency, 4,007 women and children were rescued and housed in shelters in 2014 – and 4,831 were turned away as refuges were full – but none of them was counted as homeless. "Domestic violence is simply not on the homeless agenda," said chief executive Sharon O'Halloran. "According to local authority practice, women leaving violent homes are not being considered homeless; they are seen as being out of home, as they have a home, albeit an unsafe, violent one. The Department of Environment’s latest figures record 5,811 people accessed emergency accommodation in February.

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May/June 2016

 

Contents

Gail Porter talks to us...

Street Fridge Open 24/7

Amazon now does homes

LA hospital pays out for ‘dumping’ homeless patient

Homeless stats ignore domestic violence

The $58,000 Sleeping Bus

FareShare London to open at weekend

Be part of the Museum of Homelessness

The UK’s first pop-up village

Worrying number of homeless children in Scotland

March against controversial housing bill

Destitution: record high

Glasgow City Council failing in its duty to homeless people

Journey of a Citizen

PSPOs: a UK-wide problem

Crack + Cider

Spotting psychosis

Mental Health: Focus

 

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