Family Violence

Family Violence and Homelessness

Family Violence and Homelessness

Family Violence is a major cause of homelessness in Australia. It makes women and children vulnerable to homelessness in two major ways: firstly, violence removes the sense of safety and belonging associated with the home; and secondly, leaving a violent situation usually requires leaving the family home (Chamberlain & Johnson 2013).

In situations where people experiencing domestic and family violence need to leave their home, Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) can provide crisis and emergency accommodation; income support; counselling; referrals to legal services; connections to social housing providers; other specialised support or referrals to specialist providers.

This page is a resource for those working within the homelessness and family violence sector (especially in the eastern  region) who are seeking information to support their clients.

If you are escaping domestic violence please call Safe Steps 1800-015-188, 24 hours, 7 days a week.

If you are requiring assistance and support with domestic violence, and you live in the Eastern Region please call Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) on 9259 4200.

Sector News

The EMHSCA Workforce Development subcommittee is pleased to invite you to attend the 2018 EMHSCA “NDIS unpacked” forum to be held at the Box Hill Town Hall on Thursday 17th May 2018.

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Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) is pleased to inform you that the professional development schedule for the first half of 2018 is all online and you can plan training for you and your staff for the next 6 months.

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Client Supports and Activities

Local Pathways for Women, to be held at Realm in Ringwood on the 27th March.

This event has come about through our project ‘Linking Eastern Pathways’, and we’re working to better understand the needs of three different groups of learners who are under-represented in pre-accredited training:

  • Young Mothers
  • Women who have been long-term unemployed
  • Women who have experienced Family Violence


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Research and Reports

The specialist homelessness services 2016-17 web report is the sixth annual report from the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC).

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Practitioner Resources

In 2012, the Victorian Government initiated an inquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations within religious and other non-government organisations. The Betrayal of Trust Report, which detailed the inquiry findings, made a range of recommendations, including the need to better protect children from child abuse when they access services provided by organisations. 

Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme are part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing these recommendations.

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