LGBTQ Homelessness Research Project: Final Report

University of Melbourne / Swinburne University of Technology, September 2017

Whilst there is mounting evidence that the risk of and potential consequences of homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer or questioning (LGBTIQ) people are heightened compared to the general population, there has been limited systematic research in Australia to inform a more targeted response.

Australia lags behind similarly advanced democracies in developing research, policy and best practice in the area of LGBTIQ homelessness. Major gaps in Australia include research on older LGBTIQ adults’ experiences of homelessness, longitudinal studies, comparisons between sub-groups, comparisons between rural/regional and urban areas, and the development of best practice guidelines.

This report documents a mixed methods research study, the aims of which were to:

  • Identify major contributors and pathways into and out of homelessness for LGBTIQ people;
  • Investigate their experiences of current homelessness service provision;
  • Examine current practice (including data collection) and best practice to ensure homelessness services are LGBTIQ inclusive; and
  • Make the project findings available to influence homelessness and mental health policy initiatives, services, and training on specific issues for LGBTIQ people.

In this study, we conceptualise that LGBTIQ inequalities in homelessness largely emerge from the structural stigma of community norms and institutional policies that embed heteronormative and homophobic, biphobic or transphobic prejudices in everyday practice.  We also regard silence on LGBTIQ populations in policies to be a
form of structural stigma.

 

How ethical is sexual assault research?

The Conversation, published April 6, 2017 1.17pm AEST

Thirty-nine Australian universities will now individually release the findings of a national research project on sexual assault and harassment on campus. This case has raised some substantial questions about what constitutes “ethical” research on sexual assault.

Why does it matter if research is ethical or not? And what steps could or should have been taken to ensure that issues such as those the Australian Human Rights Commission now faces are avoided?

 

HIV Conference slams spitting laws in SA, WA & NT

Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM)

 Adelaide: Friday, 18 November 2016

Delegates at Australia’s national HIV/AIDS conference have condemned the governments of South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory over laws that force people accused of criminal offences to undergo mandatory HIV and blood-borne virus testing.

The conference passed a resolution this afternoon expressing its ‘profound disappointment’ in the laws, which make it mandatory for people to undergo blood tests if they are accused of spitting on or biting law enforcement personnel. The laws were passed in South Australia and Western Australia in 2014, and in the Northern Territory in 2016.

Read more here

Intimate partner violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer communities

CFCA Practitioner Resource – December 2015

  • People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) experience intimate partner violence at similar rates as those who identify as heterosexual.
  • There has been an invisibility of LGBTIQ relationships in policy and practice responses and a lack of acknowledgement that intimate partner violence exists in these communities.
  • Beliefs that privilege heterosexual relationships affect victims’ experiences as well as policy and practice responses.
  • Homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism affect the experience of, and responses to, intimate partner violence in LGBTIQ populations.
  • Service providers lack awareness and understanding of the LGBTIQ population and their experience of intimate partner violence.

Read more here

More sex please: ending barriers in the bedroom [for people with physical disabilities]

Sydney Morning Herald, November 11, 2015

Now 23, Ariane was born with cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia, which means she has reduced muscle tone in parts of her body and uses a wheelchair.

It also means, like many people with physical disabilities, she has relied on assistance in the past to lead a normal adult sexual life; including help getting undressed before hopping into bed with her boyfriend at the time (who also had a physical disability).

“There’s this idea that we’re not allowed to have sex, that it’s gross,” says Ariane.

  • Read more of this article here
  • Read about the Deakin University study here

 

Review of evidence on knowledge translation & exchange in the violence against women field

Parenting Research Centre, Melbourne

Friday, 17th April 2015

The Parenting Research Centre (PRC) was commissioned by Australia’s National
Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS) to undertake a
review of the evidence on knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) strategies in the field of violence against women.

For the purpose of this research, the scope of ‘violence against women’ refers to domestic violence, including intimate partner and Indigenous family violence, and sexual assault.
The aims of the research were to:
• build knowledge about the evidence for KTE in the area of violence against women;
• compare KTE differences in the sexual assault and domestic violence sectors; and
• examine differences in KTE approaches by various practitioners within those sectors.

Download report (PDF) here