Women and children often stay in abusive relationships because they have nowhere else to go, while many who flee violence become homeless.Homelessness support services have told Victoria’s royal commission into family violence there are limited housing options for women and children escaping abuse.More than a third of homelessness is linked to family violence, the Council to Homeless Persons says.Its research shows 56 per cent of homeless young people say they had to leave because of a violent family member.But in many cases, families could avoid becoming homeless if the perpetrators were made to leave the home.’If you knew the justice system could keep them away, you would be much more likely to stay at home,’ Swinburne University lecturer Angela Spinney said on Tuesday.’There are more children living in refuges in Australia than there are women, and that’s a really shocking fact.’Many families are forced to move between crisis accommodation every few weeks, if they can access one, s
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