Thousands benefiting from home safety service

The National Home Safety Service (external link) has benefited more than 2200 people affected by family violence since being rolled out nationwide 2 years ago.

The service helps victims of family violence to stay in their homes by reducing the risk of violence through practical measures like installing security lights and monitored personal alarms, replacing locks and fixing broken windows, and connecting them with other support agencies.  

The service is delivered by the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges as part of a 3-year $3.6 million government contract.

In the 2 years to 30 June 2017, the service has made 648 homes safer, enabling, 648 adult victims of family violence, 1240 children and 341 other affected adults to remain in their homes with a significantly reduced risk of serious physical harm or violence.

The service is one initiative to reduce family violence and keep victims safe as part of the cross-agency work programme overseen by the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence (external link) .

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