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Homeless stats ignore domestic violence

May 12 2016
Victims not counted because they have a 'home'

Homeless figures could be twice as high as thought in Ireland, because victims of domestic violence are not counted. The issue was highlighted by the Safe Ireland network, which supports 21 refuges. According to the agency, 4,007 women and children were rescued and housed in shelters in 2014 – and 4,831 were turned away as refuges were full – but none of them was counted as homeless. "Domestic violence is simply not on the homeless agenda," said chief executive Sharon O'Halloran. "According to local authority practice, women leaving violent homes are not being considered homeless; they are seen as being out of home, as they have a home, albeit an unsafe, violent one. The Department of Environment’s latest figures record 5,811 people accessed emergency accommodation in February.

Via Press Association.