Posted August 13, Women comprise 42 per cent of Australia's homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence , homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless women experience violence — or feel vulnerable to it — in crisis accommodation, such as private rooming houses and motels, to which housing services often refer them due to the scarcity of more suitable alternatives. For my recently published book I interviewed 15 women aged about their experiences of managing homelessness in Melbourne.
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Homeless in Eagle Rock: Life in the Encampments
On a recent bright Saturday afternoon, a day for play at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center, the new dog park was a swirl of fur and the picnic tables were packed with families. Into this carefree scene wandered year old Lani Johns, who lives in a homeless encampment directly across the road. Cars zipped past in both directions as she waited for a break in the traffic. No one slowed or stopped for the slouching woman in flip-flops, a blur of a person.
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S he wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside her, their chests rising and falling under winter coats and wool blankets. A few feet away, their mother and father sleep near the mop bucket they use as a toilet.
Justice and Scarlet reapplying lipstick near the Christopher st. A black Lexus stops at the curb, and Sophie leans into the window. She wears her curly hair pulled back at the nape of her neck, and slopes her shoulders in the hope of making her lanky frame appear more petite.