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Record ID: 4ed1ad2d-341e-49e6-b7fe-41d9ff83a5c3
Type: Journal Article
Title: Mapping the riskscape of using privately-owned short-term lets for specialist family violence crisis accommodation
Authors: Martino, Erika
Bentley, Rebecca
ANRA Topic: Health, primary care and specialist service responses
Natural disasters and pandemics
ANRA Population: General population
Year: 2021
Publisher: Routledge
Abstract:  COVID-19 has generated many problems and some opportunities in the housing market. The potential role of privately-owned short-term lets meeting specialist family violence crisis accommodation demand is one such opportunity. This paper engages with an important and increasing practice in the Australian context, of the utilisation of private housing stock as a component part of a public housing crisis response system, in this case explored in relation to domestic and family violence. In seeking to gain insights into the feasibility of this practice, this article will first frame mixed public/private accommodation provision as potentially overlapping relations between a thin territory of insufficient crisis infrastructure and a thick territory of commodified short-term let infrastructure. Second, this paper situates the potential of this intersection of mixed private/public responses in terms of riskscapes by unpacking how risk is perceived within these contested territories. The findings highlight tensions between both real and perceived understandings of safety, housing, wellbeing, economic and political risks. While there was some support for utilising short-term lets for crisis accommodation, barriers were revealed to adding thickness to the crisis accommodation space. Given increasing homelessness in Australia, diversifying crisis models could offer increased violence-prevention infrastructure to support women.
ISSN: 1949-1247
Appears in Collections:ANROWS Notepad 2021
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