Safety first responses 2.16
We will work with key partners to ensure that responses to domestic, family and sexual violence are based on safety first for women, rather than housing or accommodation needs. This work is being informed by a series of forums that were held in partnership by the Office for Women and the SA Housing Authority late in 2018.
What have we achieved
This action requires a multi-layered approach. The State Government led three workshops (for metropolitan, regional and Aboriginal people) and has since funded more than $650,000 to the Victim Support Service for the Staying Home, Staying Safe, program. Through the SA Housing Authority, the State Government has also delivered 40 crisis accommodation beds, including 16 in metropolitan Adelaide (8 North, 6 South), 17 in regional areas, and 9 for perpetrators.
What is next
The State Government will continue to investigate new policy initiatives and improvements and monitor its success to promote safety-first responses for women.
What difference will we make
Housing is primary to the safety, security and independence and women and families facing violence. The State Government will continue to work will all sectors to improve understanding and awareness of these important issues.