Safe Places, supported spaces

BeyondHousing will partner with family violence specialist services to construct three crisis accommodation facilities in the Mitchell Shire, Goulburn Valley and North East regions of Victoria for women and children fleeing family violence.

BeyondHousing is the recipient of three of seven grants awarded in Victoria as part of the Federal Government’s $60 million 'Safe Places Emergency Accommodation' program to keep women and children safe from family violence across the nation. We received a total grant of $1.17 million towards construction costs.

This significant project will offer short-term accommodation in fully furnished one-and two-bedroom units. Existing family violence refuges across the catchment are constantly utilised, leaving the increasing number of victim survivors in crisis to access often unavailable or inappropriate caravan parks, motels and serviced apartments.

Safe Places provides immediate housing safety for women and children impacted by family violence, enabling access to ongoing supports, and planning for long term housing. This will be an essential resource for people in our community and helps the organisations involved to address one of the most pressing challenges facing our society by not only offering safe, short term housing but providing access to appropriate and specialist support.

Safe Places accommodation will house an estimated 135 families per year across the catchment, depending on each family’s specific circumstances and needs.

Together, our pooled skills and resources will provide a service response that is a first of it’s kind across our catchment. This project highlights the importance of fostering opportunities for women and children to make their own decisions in a secure and supported environment.

- Celia Adams CEO

Snapshot

Mitchell Shire

Family Violence Specialist Partners - NEXUS Primary Health & VincentCare

13.4%

of clients told us they were experiencing Family Violence when presenting to our homelessness services in 2019/20.

1.5% increase on 2018/19

Incident rates for family violence in the Mitchell Shire are up to 2.3 times the state average.

Goulburn Valley

Family Violence Specialist Partner: VincentCare

13.5%

of clients told us they were experiencing Family Violence when presenting to our homelessness services in 2019/20.

The incident rates for family violence in the Goulburn Valley region are the eighth highest in Victoria, and twice the state average.

North East

Family Violence Specialist Partner: Centre Against Violence

20.4%

of clients told us they were experiencing Family Violence when presenting to our homelessness services in 2019/20

The incident rates for family violence in the North East are up to 1.64 times the state average

Over a tight timeframe with effective communication with stakeholders, we have collectively resolved a template for adaptable housing that can be applied to multiple sites, satisfying the short to long-term needs of those seeking a safe place.

We hope our staff and their families never need to access such a service, but we feel safer in the knowledge that we can assist BeyondHousing in delivering such projects with some considered thought for accommodation requirements and design integrity.

– Leigh Rizzato, JWP Architects

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