staying home leaving violence

The Staying Home Leaving Violence program is a specialised domestic and family violence program aimed at promoting victims’ housing stability and preventing homelessness. The program helps women who have separated from a violent partner or family member (and their children) to remain safely in their own home or another home of their choice.

Services funded under the program provide women and their children with intensive case management which is long term and needs based. The service also works closely with key agencies such as the Police, Local Courts, Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Services, Health Services, Housing, Local Non-Government organisations and Family and Community Services to ensure clients receive the support services they need to aid recovery.

Support services range from practical assistance such as installing security measures in their homes and help with financial, legal and personal problems.

why is this program important?

The Staying Home Leaving Violence program was developed in response to evidence that domestic violence is the major reason why women and children become homeless.

Being forced to leave home because of domestic violence means women and children are forced to change schools, and lose social support networks. 

This puts families at increased risk of homelessness, stress, depression and poverty.  

Research on the Staying Home Leaving Violence program has shown that it can help avoid these outcomes by assisting women and their children to maintain safe, stable accommodation and by assisting women to stay in employment.

The program recognises that victims of domestic violence have the right to choose to stay safely in their home, and removal of the offender from the home holds the abusive person responsible for the violence.

who benefits?

The Staying Home Leaving Violence program is targeted at women aged over 18 years (and their children), who have separated from a violent partner and choose to remain in their own home, or in another home of their choice. 

The program gives priority to groups and communities where domestic violence is more prevalent or where people may find it harder to access support.

what does the program deliver?

Staying Home Leaving Violence provides funding for 23 services across NSW. Caseworkers assist clients with their choice to separate from a violent partner and safely stay in their own home by:

  • conducting comprehensive risk assessments and safety audits
  • upgrading security in the home (through the use of brokerage funding)
  • developing personalised safety plans
  • working with the police and local courts to remove the offender
  • providing court support and advocacy in applying for Apprehended Violence Orders and at family court proceedings
  • providing case work to address financial and tenancy issues, and counselling support
  • providing referrals to legal advice and other support services.

Staying Home Leaving Violence services also raise awareness within the community about the dynamics of domestic violence, and the rights of women and children to stay in the home and have the violent person removed.

how does it work?

Services are provided through twenty three Staying Home Leaving Violence services throughout the state.

The locations of the Staying Home Leaving Violence services are Bega, Blacktown, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Dubbo, Eastern Sydney, Fairfield/Liverpool, Kempsey, Lake Macquarie, Maitland/Cessnock, Moree, Newcastle, Nowra, Parramatta/Holroyd, Penrith, Redfern, Tamworth, Wollongong, and Wyong/Gosford. Contact these services

Key links and resources

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)