Safe as Houses is a program that aims to prevent homelessness for women and children affected by family and domestic violence. We provide integrated and holistic legal and support services to untangle their complex issues.
How Does It Work?
Safe as Houses offers a support worker using an integrated case managed approach. Currently a woman affected by family and domestic violence would need to seek out a variety of services for help with legal and practical issues. Safe as Houses is providing a more efficient, holistic and ultimately more effective way to resolve the complex tangle of legal issues family and domestic violence creates.
We can also refer women and children to appropriate support agencies. Safe as Houses is supported by partnerships with UnitingCare West, the Women’s Council for Family and Domestic Violence services, King Edward Memorial Hospital and relevant government departments.
1. Preventing homelessness
Safe as Houses will assist women and children affected by family and domestic violence, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. By resolving their complex legal, social and practical issues, we help them avoid homelessness.
2. Keeping women and children safe
Stable, secure housing, coupled with appropriate legal protections, can provide some safety for women and children affected by family and domestic violence.
3. Health and Wellbeing
Women and children who are in safe, stable housing, have better health, employment and education outcomes and are less likely to end up in the criminal justice system.
Each brings their own particular area of expertise to the table, as well as a vast shared experience in dealing with many issues faced by women and children affected by family and domestic violence.
By working together we increase the ability to resolve issues and help woman and children move towards a safer and brighter future.
For a full account of the effectiveness of the program and it's impact see the Safe as Houses Snapshotprepared by The School of Population and Global Health at The University of Western Australia. The first stage of a broader evaluation that will be completed next year, the report clearly illustrates the profound impact that Safe As Houses is already having in preventing homelessness for women and children experiencing family violence in WA.
For further information or to refer a client please phone (08) 6263 8567.
Partner with us
We need your help to assist women and children affected by family and domestic violence.
Initial funding arrangements via the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants program and Lotterywest, coupled with substantial in-kind support from partner agencies, means that we can now seek foundation corporate partners to assist in building the program to deliver sustainable services.
Our ultimate aim is that Safe as Houses provides a strong social return on investment that benefits the WA community for many years to come.
Safe as Houses needs strong corporate, business and sector partnerships to be able to prevent homelessness in women and children in WA.
You are invited to contact us to discuss how you can be involved in providing a lasting solution for homelessness for women and children affected by family and domestic violence in WA.
Carmen Acosta - Executive Manager, Tenancy WA.
(08) 6263 8556