REVEALED: SA’s Heart Wrenching Amount Of Homeless Children
Reports show that more than 3,200 South Australian children under the age of nine were given shelter by a homelessness agency last year - with most of them fleeing domestic violence.
A total of 5,438 children under 18 were provided shelter by a homelessness agency, mainly victims of family violence and poor housing, while others were dealing with mental health issues.
Homelessness SA chair Ryan Bullivant told The Advertiser, far too many children were growing up “thinking living in a traumatic world is normal”, Mr Bullivant said.
“Some children are growing up with parents — the caregiver — who should be giving them a loving, nurturing relationship, which is just not there,” he said.
Shelter SA executive director Alice Clark told ABC News, domestic violence was the main reason for the rising figures, with most of the younger children accompanying a fleeing mother.
"What we know is, domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness, so many of these small children will be with a parent, usually a woman who's fleeing domestic violence," she said.
"The numbers will shock many people."
Clark stressed that homelessness is getting worse in South Australia and across the country.
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