Staying home leaving violence

The Staying Home Leaving Violence program supports victims of domestic and family violence through promoting housing stability and focusing on preventing homelessness in victims.

The program helps women aged over 18 years who have separated from a violent partner or family member and who choose to remain in their own home. It is based on intensive case work with key agencies such as the Police, courts, health services, Housing NSW and relevant non-government organisations.

Why is this program important?

Staying Home Leaving Violence provides a comprehensive assessment of risk for women and children affected by domestic and family violence. Through the program victims are able to:

  • remain separated from a violent partner by addressing common barriers to leaving violent relationships
  • have stable accommodation
  • maintain their support network
  • maintain stability in employment/training for women
  • maintain stability in education/childcare for their children.

The program complements existing services and operates in collaboration and coordination with them.

Who benefits?

The program targets women that live in the project locations, who choose to remain in the family home or another home of their choice. Women separated from a violent partner who continue to experience post-separation abuse are a priority target group. Their children are also supported by the program.

Exposure to domestic violence during and after separation has direct negative and potentially long-term impacts on women and their children. The period following separation from an abusive relationship can put victims at higher risk of violence.

Priority is also given to women who may have a higher than average rate of experiencing family or domestic violence or in groups where it may be difficult to access support. They include domestic and family violence victims:

  • from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background
  • affected by socio-economic disadvantage
  • from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • affected by social exclusion
  • who have a disability
  • who are caring for a child with a disability
  • aged 16 – 18 years for referrals only.

Program locations

The program is run across 27 locations: Bega, Blacktown, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Eastern Sydney, Fairfield, Gosford, Holroyd, Inverell, Kempsey, Lake Macquarie, Liverpool, Maitland, Moree, Newcastle, Nowra, Orange, Parramatta, Penrith, Redfern, Tamworth, Wollongong and Wyong.

Services provided through the program include:

  • case management and case coordination
  • use of brokerage to purchase security equipment and undertake security upgrades
  • home safety audits and safety planning
  • education and domestic and family violence awareness raising sessions.

Key links and resources

The program operates in the following locations:

Bega – 6492 6239
Blacktown – 9677 1962
Broken Hill 08 8088 2520
Campbelltown – 1800 077 760
Clarence Valley – 6684 4299
Coffs Harbour – 6652 9944
Dubbo – 6883 1561
Eastern Sydney – 0439 414 673
Fairfield/Liverpool – 9602 7795
Inverell – To be advised
Kempsey – 6562 2272
Lake Macquarie – 4943 9255
Maitland/Cessnock – 4397 1927
Moree – 6752 8027
Newcastle - 4926 3577
Nowra – 4421 7400
Orange – 1300 384 357
Parramatta/Holroyd – 9636 8437
Penrith – 4721 2499
Redfern – 9699 9036
Tamworth 1800 073 388
Wollongong – 4255 5333
Wyong/Gosford - 4356 2600

The Staying Home Leaving Violence Program Guidelines provide an overview of the program, its objectives and expected outcomes. The Staying Home leaving Violence Data Reporting Service Provider e-Learning Guidelines explain the process for reporting performance data.

More information on domestic and family violence.

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