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

Homelessness Week is an annual week coordinated by Homelessness Australia to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions.

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Training

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

An art therapy group for adolescent girls, aged 14-17, who are living with or have lived with violence and abuse.

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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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