Family violence housing support

Family violence housing measures

$152 million

over three years

Too many victim survivors of family violence are forced to choose between their safety or the streets. It isn't good enough.

As part of the Government’s 2016-17 Budget response, the $152 million Family Violence Housing Blitz is being rolled out.

We are extending housing support for victims of family violence by:

  • adding more than 300 social housing properties in the 2016-17 financial year
  • redeveloping four existing family violence crisis refuges and providing 24-hour staffing at up to six family violence refuges
  • keeping women safe in their homes by expanding packages of support for home security measures and relocation costs to more than 5,000 victims of family violence, a 480% increase
  • providing support to access private rental assistance.

As part of the broader reforms being implemented in response to the Royal Commission, new Support and Safety Hubs will play a key role in helping women and children with safe and stable housing. This support will be underpinned by changes to the way that we personalise support for individuals and families, with more funding going into flexible support packages that can address housing need.

The Government will soon have more to say on housing support for victim survivors of family violence, as part of the rolling response included in Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change.

Contact

For more information, email socialhousingreform@dhhs.vic.gov.au