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Leaving violent relationships and avoiding homelessness – providing a choice for women and their children Volume 18 Issue 5-6

Jan Breckenridge, Jane Mulroney

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 18(6) 90–93 Published online: 25 July 2007

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Jan Breckenridge

Jane Mulroney


The report describes a research study that explores how women, leaving a relationship where they experience domestic violence, can remain safely in their own homes with their children, with the violent offender being removed. In this qualitative study, 29 women were interviewed about their experiences of leaving a violent relationship. Of these 29 women, nine remained in their own home. This article describes the factors that enabled these nine women to remain in their homes and comments on the policy and practice implications for health workers.