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.
The state election is upon Victoria and the big question is: what have the major parties promised to do to fight homelessness and fix our housing system?
To answer that, CHP has compiled this collection of the pledges that have been made by the Liberal, Labor and Greens parties. We’re adding to this list as announcements come through and linking to relevant policy documents (or where that’s not available, to relevant media releases and press coverage).
EDVOS are offering FREE family violence training sessions to workers in the Eastern Metropolitan Region.
The 3R's of Family Violence is a 3 hr family violence training to teach professionals in mainstream settings how to:
- Recognise signs of family violence
- Respond to disclosures of family violence
- Refer to specialist family violence services
Research and Reports
The specialist homelessness services 2016-17 web report is the sixth annual report from the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC).
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.