Submissions and articles
We use our knowledge of the issues facing women and children, their experiences, and gaps in services and systems, to advocate for change. We have a particular interest in a ‘Safe at Home’ approach, which seeks to address the problem of women and children becoming homeless because of family violence.
In 2023 we have contributed several articles to the journal of Homelessness Persons, Parity.
The August 2023 edition focused on gender and homelessness. We contributed these articles:
- What women have told us about being homeless
- Knowing what works: McAuley’s model for addressing women’s homelessness.
In March 2023 McAuley was a sponsor of a special edition focusing on ‘Safe at Home’ and contributed these articles:
- ‘The time is right: re-imagining Safe at Home’
- ‘It’s in our DNA’: Jocelyn Bignold, CEO, on McAuley’s longstanding interest in the connections between family violence and homelessness
- ‘Listening to those with lived experience’: we have consulted widely with women about whether a ‘Safe at Home’ approach would work.
2021 submissions – Inquiry into Victoria’s criminal justice system
2020 submissions – family violence
In July 2020 we made a submission to the work of the Victorian Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor.
We also made a submission to the Australian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Social and Legal Affairs’ Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence
2020 submissions – homelessness
- In February 2020 we made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry into Homelessness.
Read more about how women contributed their words and stories to our submission.
- In July 2020 our CEO Jocelyn Bignold and one of our clients ‘Megan’ gave evidence before this Inquiry.
- In June 2020 we made a submission to the Australian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Social and Legal Affairs’ Inquiry into Homelessness.
In 2019 we made submissions to:
- the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health Services where we explained that a focus on mental health is central to all our work, and advocated for further investment in vital community health services
- a Victorian Government Parliamentary Inquiry into Disadvantaged Jobseekers, where we used our insight into the challenges that women who’ve experienced family violence and homelessness can face in getting work. Our Chief Executive Officer Jocelyn Bignold also gave evidence before the Inquiry.