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Why Women in Australia are considered the "Hidden homeless"

Domestic and family violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children, but many are not being included in the national statistics.
Photo By Yasmin Noone
Photo By Yasmin Noone

"I want you to ask yourself this one question: how hard is it to be a parent?” says Melbourne-based mum, Vicky Vacondios.

“Now imagine you became homeless and you had children to look after.

"Where would you go, what would you do, how would you feel?"

“It’s hard enough to be a mum without having to be homeless as well,” Vacondios, 44, explains, recalling the years she spent living homeless – with three kids in tow – residing in a mix of crisis and temporary accommodation.

“My life has just been about surviving day-to-day to make sure that our experience of homelessness wouldn’t affect my children…I personally never thought at any time in my entire life that I would become homeless. But your life can change within 24 hours. What you have today could all be gone tomorrow.”

Vacondios tells SBS she grew up in a ‘normal’ family, with Greek parents who worked hard and eventually owned their own home. Vacondios also used to have a job, husband and was once happy. But due to domestic violence in two former marriages, she ended up experiencing homelessness twice.

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