Reply To: Older women, housing and family and domestic violence

Libby Blake

I work with older women experiencing family violence and elder abuse.  A huge gap in the system is practical support in sourcing new accommodation.  For example, an older woman who doesn’t have internet or a car – how can she look for a private rental? What is she is from a CALD background and the whole process is unknown to her?  If she needs support in completing the rental applications….crisis services do not offer this.  I’ve witnessed older women having to use their home care package hours to meet this need (i.e have a worker drive them to look at rentals).  So what is the result?  It is just easier on so many different levels to stay in current accommodation…this is a significant barrier.