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Remove barriers to crisis supported accommodation for women and children with disabilities

Recommendation:
176
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Family Safety Victoria

The Department of Health and Human Services review the funding model for crisis supported accommodation to remove barriers for women and children with disabilities.

  • Family Safety Victoria will work with key stakeholders to redesign family violence refuge and crisis supported accommodation and address barriers for women and children with disabilities.

    There are a range of initiatives underway focused on improving access to, and support in, family violence refuge and crisis supported accommodation. This includes redevelopment of refuges, enhanced 24/7 operations and increased resources for children, as well as the specialist family violence case management review. Family Safety Victoria is also working closely with the Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce to respond to broader challenges across the housing and homelessness service system.

    The approach to implementing this recommendation will be coordinated and aligned with these key interdependencies.

  • The specialist family violence case management review commenced in March 2018. The review will deliver a case management model for specialist family violence services, to enhance the quality and consistency of case practice across the state. It will include a focus on meeting the needs of diverse victim survivors who have historically experienced barriers to services and will be applicable to support delivered refuge and crisis supported accommodation.

    In 2019–20 work will begin to develop a service model for refuge and crisis supported accommodation, as the new core and cluster facilities are constructed across the state. This model will also seek to respond to the needs of women and children with disabilities.

  • Forecast implementation date: 31 December 2021.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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