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 Ringwood Magistrates’ Court Specialist Family Violence Service invites you to participate in the “Walk in Her Shoes Tour”. Join us for a tour of the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court. It is anticipated that you will gain a sense of the experience of applying for an intervention order and gain knowledge and understanding of the court process, including an overview of the
support services available at court.
Client Supports and Activities
The Art of Choice is an Art Therapy group for women who have experienced family violence. The group aims to provide a safe space for women to explore their experiences in a creative way, and strengthen their ability to make choices in a supportive environment.
This group is one part of the Family Violence Therapeutic Interventions Project Resilient Kids Reslilient Women. The partners include Uniting Wesley, EACH, Safe Futures and Australian Childhood Foundation.
Research and Reports
Published by Mission Australia, this paper identifies domestic and family violence as a key driver of homelessness in Australia, particularly for women and children. The paper discusses the importance of domestic and family violence prevention in order to prevent homelessness, requiring a cultural and systemic shift in individual and community attitudes regarding gender and violence.