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The Staying Home Leaving Violence program supports victims of domestic and family violence through promoting housing stability and focusing on preventing homelessness in victims.

The program helps women aged 18 years and older who have separated from a violent partner or family member and who choose to remain in their own home. It is based on intensive case work with key agencies such as NSW Police, courts, health services, Housing NSW and relevant non-government organisations.

The Staying Home Leaving Violence Program Guidelines provide an overview of the program, its objectives and expected outcomes.

The Staying Home leaving Violence Data Reporting Service Provider e-Learning Guidelines explain the process for reporting performance data.

The services in the program

The program complements existing services and operates in collaboration and coordination with them. Services provided through the program include:

  • case management and case coordination
  • use of brokerage to purchase security equipment and undertake security upgrades
  • home safety audits and safety planning
  • education and domestic and family violence awareness raising sessions.

Why is this program important?

Staying Home Leaving Violence provides a comprehensive assessment of risk for women and children affected by domestic and family violence. Through the program victims are able to:

  • remain separated from a violent partner by addressing common barriers to leaving violent relationships
  • have stable accommodation
  • maintain their support network
  • maintain stability in employment and training for women
  • maintain stability in education and childcare for their children.

Who benefits?

The program targets women who live in the project locations and choose to remain in the family home or another home of their choice. Women separated from a violent partner who continue to experience post-separation abuse are a priority target group. Their children are also supported by the program.

Exposure to domestic violence during and after separation has direct negative and potentially long-term impacts on women and their children. The period following separation from an abusive relationship can put victims at higher risk of violence.

Priority is also given to women who may have a higher than average rate of experiencing family or domestic violence or in groups where it may be difficult to access support. They include domestic and family violence victims:

  • from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background
  • affected by socio-economic disadvantage
  • from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • affected by social exclusion
  • who have a disability
  • who are caring for a child with a disability
  • aged 16 – 18 years for referrals only.
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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019