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Accommodation Shortage for Victims of Domestic Violence

motel.jpgDomestic Violence Support services in regional South Australia say they are experiencing a critical shortage of accommodation for domestic violence victims who are at times having to sleep rough.
In Port Augusta, the wait for long-term accommodation can be up to two years and for transitional housing up to 18 months, according Uniting Country SA.
In the Yorke and Mid North, the wait for long-term housing was also two years and around six months for transitional accommodation.
Across the region a number of factors were leading to the strain on housing availability including a lack of public housing and an expensive and competitive private rental market.
As part of its pre-election promises, the new State Government committed to increasing the number of crisis beds in regional South Australia by 20 and are currently in the process of consulting with regions.