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Keeping Women Safe in their Homes program

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

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?

Under the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes (KWSITH) program, the Australian Government will provide
$18 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to state and territory governments and select providers to support women and children experiencing violence to stay in their own home, or a home of their choice, where it is safe to do so.

What have we achieved so far?

The KWSITH program was established in 2015 to complement and strengthen existing safe at home programs delivered by states and territories. From 2015−16 to 2018−19, the KWSITH program has assisted over 6,500 women and children through activities such as risk assessments, safety planning and security upgrades to homes.

What is next?

  • KWSITH activities, including risk assessments, safety planning and basic security upgrades in women’s homes, will continue to be delivered by providers nationally.
  • An independent audit will be conducted by the University of NSW.

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 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 Home programs.

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