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Family violence ‘driving rise in homeless’

Domestic violence is the most common reason for people seeking support from specialist accommodation and health services for the homeless, according to research by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

In a report published on 11 December, the federal agency says that more than 255,500 people sought assistance from crisis services for the homeless in Australia during 2014-15.

It says that clients with mental health issues are the fastest growing group among the homeless, increasing at an average rate of 12 per cent a year over the past five years.

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