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Deliver the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes program

Responsible government

  • Tasmania

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 20 Improve access to suitable and safe accommodation within their communities for women who have experienced domestic, family and sexual violence.

What are we doing?

The Keeping Women Safe program provides access to security upgrades for women and children experiencing family violence so that they can remain safely in their own home or a home of their choice. Types of security upgrades include security screens, doors, locks and security cameras with capacity to collect admissible evidence and sensor lights.

What is next?

Safe Homes, Families, Communities actions commenced implementation on 1 July 2019.

Key milestones for 2019–20 include:

  • Ongoing delivery of service.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcomes of this program are:

  • Women experiencing/escaping violence are supported to remain in their own home, or a home of their choice, where it is safe to do so
  • By being supported to remain in their homes, where it is appropriate, women and children who have experienced violence are able to maintain connection to social and support networks, schools and places of work.
  • Women and children have a safer and more stable home environment
  • Women and children escaping violence have a reduced risk of homelessness and entry into the traditional temporary crisis accommodation system for women and children escaping violence.

Performance of this program will be monitored via the Australian Government Department of Social Services Data Exchange, including the numbers of clients and sessions.

The University of NSW are conducting an audit of KWSITH. The audit will consider the outcomes of the program overall, including an assessment of the existing Safe at Home approaches used in each jurisdiction, and by providers. The University of NSW will also develop an operational framework, which will provide practice principles to underpin consistent best-practice approaches for Safe at Homes programs.

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