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 'COVID-19 Amendment to homelessness services guidelines and conditions of funding' has been released to assist homelessness services when responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

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Training

MARAM training has been converted from one full day of face-to-face delivery into four 90-120 minute online modules. 

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Client Supports and Activities

Financial problems can affect anyone, there are a number of support services avaliable to help with financial difficulties. These include: 

  • Financial Counselling
  • No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)
  • Utilities assistance 

 

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Research and Reports

Children’s Emotional Development Is Built into the Architecture of Their Brains is an article written by National Scientific Council on the developing child. 

A growing body of scientific evidence tells us that emotional development begins early in life, that it is a critical aspect of the development of overall brain architecture, and that it has enormous consequences over the course of a lifetime. These findings have far-reaching implications for policymakers and parents, and, therefore, demand our attention.

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Practitioner Resources

This guide contains information about discounts and services for eligible households in Victoria. These range from utility discounts, pet registration discounts, dental care concessions and much more. Not all require people to hold a health care card and many services have addtional hardship support for clients with no cards, upon discussion.

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