Domestic and Family Violence

Domestic and family violence (DFV) often disrupts housing security and is the leading cause of homelessness for women.

On 11 February 2019, the Australian Government announced a $60 million capital grant program as part of the $78 million Safe Places package under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

The $60 million Safe Places emergency accommodation grant will aim to deliver an increase in the number of appropriate new or expanded emergency accommodation dwellings for women and children experiencing DFV.

This program could build up to 450 safe places and assist up to 6,500 women and children escaping domestic and family violence per year.

It also includes $18 million to continue supporting states and territories through the Keeping Women Safe in Their Homes program, which provides security updates and safety planning.

If you are experiencing domestic or family violence, or sexual assault, you may wish to contact 1800RESPECT, the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Service.

1800RESPECT is a free and confidential interactive online and telephone counselling, information, and referral service. It is available nationwide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (1800 737 732 or www.1800respect.org.au) and offers support and assistance to people who have experienced family violence.

More information about the Australian Government’s role in women’s safety.

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