Domestic Violence and Homelessness

Domestic and family violence can lead to homelessness. Listed below are a number of initiatives underway that aim to prevent people experiencing domestic and family violence from becoming homeless. Some of these initiatives are funded under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.

Start Safely

Start Safely is a subsidy which provides short to medium term financial help to eligible clients, including those with children, who have experienced domestic or family violence so that they can secure private rental accommodation and do not have to return to the violent situation. For more information, please see the Start Safely Brochure.

Staying Home, Leaving Violence (SHLV)

This Community Services initiative aims to increase safety and prevent homelessness by enabling the person experiencing domestic and family violence and their children to remain in their home. The service model includes outreach support, risk assessment, safety planning, security modifications and equipment, court support and casework and advocacy.

Project Name LGAs covered Contact Number
Bega SHLV Bega 6492 6239
Blacktown SHLV
Mt Druitt
9677 1962
Broken Hill SHLV Broken Hill LGA 08 8088 2520
Campbelltown SHLV Campbelltown 1800 077 760 or 46 33 3777
Cessnock SHLV Cessnock 4937 1927
Clarence Valley SHLV Clarence Valley 6684 4299
Coffs Harbour SHLV Coffs Harbour 6652 9944
Dubbo SHLV Dubbo 6883 1561
Eastern Sydney SHLV Maroubra 9314 4006
Kempsey SHLV Kempsey 65622272
Lake Macquarie SHLV Lake Macquarie 4943 9255
Liverpool SHLV Liverpool 9602 7795
Fairfield SHLV Fairfield 9602 7795
Maitland SHLV Maitland 4937 1927
Moree SHLV Moree 6752 8027
Nowra SHLV Nowra 44 21 7400
Orange SHLV Orange 1300 384 357
Parramatta SHLV Parramatta 96368437
Holroyd SHLV Holroyd 9636 8437
Penrith SHLV Penrith 4721 2499
Redfern SHLV Redfern 96999036
Shoalhaven SHLV Nowra 44247400
South Grafton SHLV South Grafton 6640 3800
Tamworth SHLV Tamworth 1800 073 388
Wollongong SHLV Wollongong 4255 5333
Wyong/Gosford SHLV Wyong/Gosford 4356 2600

More information on SHLV is available on the Community Services Website.

Long term accommodation and support for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence (Western Sydney, Illawarra, Hunter).

This project aims to improve women and children’s safety and reduce the length of time that these families spend in crisis accommodation services. The project provides integrated housing and a wide range of supports for women and children to assist them to access and sustain tenancies within the social housing and private rental market.

For further information about the services provided by this project please follow the links below:

Safe House Accommodation for families escaping violence (Western NSW)

The Safe House network provides support to Aboriginal women and their accompanying children who are escaping family or domestic violence in Western NSW. Each Safe House provides a safe place for women and their children.

While in the Safe House, clients and staff consider their immediate needs for shelter and emotional support as well as addressing their safety and wellbeing needs into the future. It also links Aboriginal women and children escaping violence with early intervention programs and identifies ways to strengthen vulnerable families.

Four Safe Houses are currently in operation, located in Lightning Ridge, Wilcannia, Bourke and Walgett. In Brewarrina the service provides immediate support for women and children escaping family of domestic violence.

Women's DV Court Advocacy Program

This program funds 28 Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services, which provide support at 108 local courts around the state. The program provides advice, information and support to women seeking legal protection from domestic violence and help with other needs including accessing support services (for example financial assistance and advice, housing, counselling and family law issues).

Central Coast Homeless Family Brokerage Project

This project provides support to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women and children escaping domestic violence by assisting them to gain access to crisis accommodation, integrated case management, associated services and material support. For further information please see Coast Shelter website.

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