Women aged between 30 and 54 made up the majority of new clients who came to Lou's Place over the last year.
Our analysis of new women visiting Lou's Place between 14 February 2015 and 15 February 2016 found that their median age was 44.5.
We also found that, on their first visit to Lou's Place:
65% of the women were couch surfing or staying with friends
20% were living in a refuge
9% were rough sleeping
The remainder were staying at boarding houses, hostels or in supported housing.
Of the women who disclosed they were homeless,
37% cited domestic violence as a contributing factor.
Some 33% of our new clients identified as having a culturally and linguistically diverse background.
6% identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Of those who disclosed how they heard about Lou's Place, 47% found out from a friend, 6% from the Women and Girls Emergency Centre, 6% from the Wayside Chapel, 3% from Wesley Mission, 3% from Legal Aid, 3% from Vincentian House, 3% from an internet search. The remainder were referred to us by support services and family members.