Keeping Women Safe in Their Homes

The Australian Government, through the National Initiatives program, has provided funding to the Tasmanian Government to deliver the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes Program (the Program).

Objectives

To keep women who experience family violence safe in their own homes, or a home of their choice.

Risk assessment and safety planning are key components of the Program to ensure it is safe for women to remain in the home of their choice.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible women should meet one of the following criteria

  • have a current  protective Police Family Violence Order (PFVO), Interim Family Violence Order (FVO) or Family Violence Order (FVO) through a Safe at Home intervention
  • have a partner who is due for release from a custodial sentence who is deemed at risk of future violence
  • have an expired PFVO, IFVO or FVO but identify as feeling unsafe in their home
  • have revealed family violence to a non-government service provider and require assistance with security upgrades, including women accessing the Rapid Rehousing initiative
  • deemed as requiring additional security to ensure their sense of well-being

How to Apply

1. To apply, eligible persons should contact a victim support service (the Service Provider) who will make an application to the Program on their behalf. You can find a list of victim support services here (internal link) who will help you complete an application.

2. Service Providers can make an application on behalf of a client after they have undertaken a family violence risk assessment and created a safety plan.

3. Please note that you cannot apply for this funding directly through the Safe at Home Coordination Unit. However, if you have any questions or concerns, Safe at Home staff will be happy to help.

4. Applications will be assessed by the Integrated Case Coordination Committees. In cases where the applicant has not yet reported to the police, the Safe at Home Coordination Unit will assess the application.

5. Applications may be approved in full, in part, or declined based on an assessment of risk and other factors to ensure that the objectives of the Program are achieved within the funding available.

For further information visit the National Keeping Women Safe in their Homes website (external link)

Or download the Keeping Women Safe In Their Homes information sheet (PDF, 313.3 KB)

Security Upgrades

Funding is available to provide a range of security upgrades including, but not limited to

  • solid core doors
  • door viewers
  • locks
  • security screens and doors
  • sensor lights
  • security cameras with the capacity to collect admissible evidence

Funding is also available for purchasing of mobile phones where it provides additional safety and/or supports the woman to feel safer in her home.

Disability Modifications

There is limited funding available through the Program to provide disability upgrades alongside other supports such as case management, risk assessment and security upgrades.

Where there is a delay in access to NDIS funded supports, and a disability modification is required in order to facilitate an immediate move to a new property, applications can include a request for such upgrades.

These may include, but are not limited to

  • Installation of ramps
  • Widening of doorways
  • Bathroom modifications
  • Bedroom modifications

Disability modifications may related to the needs of the woman or the needs of any child(ren) in her care.