Homelessness and Legal Needs: A South Australia and Western Australia Case Study
Adelaide Law Review, 29 2: 359-380
Posted: 18 Jun 2015
Date Written: 2008
It is well-documented that people experiencing homelessness are often forced to interact with the legal system. This paper reports the results of a study aimed at investigating which legal issues impact most upon people experiencing homelessness in South Australia and Western Australia. A total of 159 homelessness service providers were surveyed across the two States. The three legal issues found to impact most on people experiencing homelessness were the same in South Australia and Western Australia; they were debt, fines and domestic violence. In both jurisdictions, social security law difficulties, child protection intervention and the regulation of behaviour in public places were within the top ten legal issues identified as significant. The results have important implications for policy responses to homelessness and the delivery of legal services to homeless individuals.
JEL Classification: k00
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