Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Suicide Fears for Victims Holed Up in Motels

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Suicide Fears for Victims Holed Up in Motels

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IT'S just a matter of time before a domestic violence victim who is forced to seek refuge in a motel room kills herself, frontline workers believe.

They're becoming increasingly concerned about the fragile mental health of women holed up in motels because their homes are not safe and there is no specialist emergency accommodation available for them.

In Queensland, DVConnect sends at least 33 women a day to motels and, in New South Wales, the government spent about $14million in 12 months on housing people in crisis in motels and caravan parks.

Toni Meyer, a DVConnect clinical manager, said being confined to a strange room with little or no outside contact could be soul-destroying.

"Last week we had two young women who were feeling that they couldn't go on," Ms Meyer said.

"It's not unusual for us to have women feeling that way.

"Being in the isolation of the motel and the uncertainty of leaving their home, feeling extremely fearful and not being able to go somewhere to get face-to-face support -- it wears women down. …

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