Alcohol and drug use is frequently linked with domestic and family violence, for perpetrators and victims alike. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) explored the degree to which AOD and homelessness overlap for people living through family and domestic violence (AIHW, 2018). AIHW identified almost 40,000 clients who used both alcohol and other drug treatment services and specialist homelessness services (SHS). As shown in the following figure, more than 13,000 clients reported experiencing family and domestic violence.
Of these clients, 73% were female and 27% male. One-third (33%) of the female clients and nearly one-third (31%) of the male clients were Indigenous. Nearly two in five (37%) were living alone and only one in fourteen (7%) was employed. (AIHW, 2018).
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