Safe as Houses

Safe as Houses is a new 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 social 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 Anglicare, UnitingCare West, the Women’s Council for Family and Domestic Violence services, King Edward Memorial Hospital and relevant government departments.

Outcomes

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. Avoiding criminal justice system

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.

Specialist Support

Safe as Houses is a partnership between three WA community legal centres – Tenancy WA as the lead agency, Women’s Law Centre and Street Law Centre WA.

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.

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.

For more information, download the Safe as Houses brochure.

You are invited to contact us and 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.