Social housing cannot be overlooked during women’s safety summit

Everybody's Home

More than 230 organisations working at the coalface of domestic violence and homelessness have signed a joint statement calling for a commitment to safe and affordable social housing from today’s National Women’s Safety Summit.

Housing only has a fleeting reference in the agenda, despite the fact 7,690 women return to perpetrators of violence each year because they have nowhere to live. And an alarming 9,120 women a year become homeless after leaving their homes due to domestic and family violence and being unable to secure long term housing.

Signatories to the statement include large advocacy and peak organisations such as ACOSS, Shelter and the ACTU, through to women’s refuges, homelessness services and community legal centres.

In addition to the joint statement, Everybody’s Home, the national campaign against homelessness, is convening a special online event focusing on the importance of housing and women’s safety. The event begins at 08:15 and can be accessed through this hyperlink

Everybody’s Home spokesperson, Kate Colvin said housing was absolutely central to women’s safety.

“You simply can’t talk about women’s safety without talking about safe and affordable homes. Women and children in danger need a safe haven and it is incumbent on the Commonwealth Government to address this crisis.”

In Australia each year 39,000 people come to homelessness services seeking long term housing after experiencing domestic and family violence. Of those, 37,867 miss out on long term housing.

“Thousands of women across Australia are currently having to choose between staying in a violent home and homelessness. That is unacceptable,” Ms Colvin said.

Everybody’s Home is calling on the Federal Government to set a target to end homelessness for women and children fleeing violence, an investment to deliver an adequate supply of new social and affordable housing for women and children fleeing violence, and better social security, to protect women and children from poverty and homelessness.

“Without further funding for social housing and an improvement in social security payments, the Federal Government cannot begin to address domestic violence in an adequate way. We need those changes to be made urgently,” Ms Colvin said.

Economic modelling by Equity Economics released in July revealed If the Commonwealth Government invested in 16,800 additional social housing units for women escaping violence, the $7.6 billion cost would be dwarfed by immediate economic benefits of $15.3 billion and the creation of 47,000 new jobs. It found the additional social housing would generate savings of $122.5 million in a year due to women not returning to a violent partner and a further $257 million in a year in savings due to women not experiencing homelessness after leaving their homes due to family and domestic violence.

The Housing and Women’s Safety Summit starts at 8.15am on Monday 6 September, right before the start of the National Women’s Safety Summit.

Speakers include:

  • Kate Colvin, National Spokesperson, Everybody’s Home
  • Dr Kyllie Cripps, Palawa woman, Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and Justice at UNSW Sydney
  • Dr Angela Jackson, Lead Economist, Equity Economics
  • Video message from Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services and Minister for Women’s Safety
  • The Hon Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians
  • Tania Farha, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV)
  • Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO, ACOSS
  • Talie Star, a consumer advocate with experience of homelessness and domestic/family violence
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ACT Council of Social Service

ACT Shelter

Affordable Housing Solutions

Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Victoria

Annie North

Anti-Poverty Week

Australian Alliance to End Homelessness

Australian Communities Foundation

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

Australian Ecuatorian Cultural Association

B Miles Women’s Foundation

Ballarat Community Health

Baptist Care Australia

Basic Rights Queensland ; Working Womens Centre Qld

Bega Women’s Resource Centre

Beryl Women Inc.

Bethlehem House Tasmania

Better Renting

Beyond Your Bump

Blacktown Womens and Girls Health Centre

Bondi Beach Cottage

Bridge Housing Limited

Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project

Brisbane Youth Service

Bryant’s Bookkeeping Services

Caroline Chisholm Society

Catherine House, Housing Choices SA

Catholic Care Western Sydney and The Blue Mountains

Catholiccare Diocese of Broken Bay

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Centre for Non-Violence

Centre for Social Impact

Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing

CFMEU Construction and General Division

Churches Housing Incorporated

Churches of Christ Housing Services Ltd.

Quantum Support Services

CIT Student Association

Coffs Harbour Neighborhood Centre

Coffs Harbour Older Women’s Network

Coffs-Clarence WDVCAS


Common Equity Nsw Ltd

Common Ground Queensland

Community and Public Sector Union

Community Housing Industry Association

Community Housing Industry Association Victoria

Community Housing Industry Association NSW

Community Housing Limited

Community Information & Support Victoria

Community Northern Beaches Inc.

Community Resource Network Inc

Compass Housing Services Co Ltd

Consult Talie

Co-operation Housing

Council of Single Mothers and their Children

Council to Homeless Persons

Cumberland Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

Dawn House

Daydawn Advocacy Centre

Democracy in Colour

DG Media Projects

Disability Justice Australia

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

Domestic Violence NSW

Domestic Violence Victoria/Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

Doris Women’s Refuge Inc.

DV West

EACH Housing

Eastern Community Legal Centre


EMILY’s List Australia

Fair Agenda

Family Access Network Inc

Fiji Diaspora Women’s Alliance (FDWA)

Financial Counselling Australia

Firefly Interactive Pty Ltd

Foyer Foundation

Gender Equity Victoria (GENVIC)

Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth Inc.

Good Samaritan Inn

Grampians Community Health

Gunnedah Family Support

Habitat for Humanity Australia

Haven Home Safe

Health Services Union

Highlands Community Centres Inc.

Hodyl & Co

Homelessness Australia

Homelessness NSW

Homes Out West

Hope Street Youth and Family Services

Housing Choices Australia

Housing Choices Tasmania

Housing Choices Western Australia

Housing for the Aged Action Group

Housing Plus

Hume Riverina Community Legal Service

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre

Indian (Sub-Cont) Crisis & Support Agency

Jenny’s Place Inc

Jesuit Social Services

Jireh House

Justice Connect

Karinya House for Mothers and Babies

Latitude: Directions for Young People

Launceston City Mission

Launch Housing

Orana Support Service

Linking Communities Network Ltd

Lirata Ltd

Lisa Harnum Foundation

Lou’s Place

Macleod Refuge

Mallee Family Care

McAuley Community Services for Women

Melbourne City Mission

Mentis Assist

Merri Outreach Support Service Ltd

Metro Community Housing

Mid Coast Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

Mission Australia

Molonglo Support Services Ltd

Mornington Community Information and Support Centre Inc

Moving Forward DFV Case Management Services Inc.

Mt Druitt Family Violence Service

Murrumbidgee Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

Muslim Women Australia

Nambour Community Centre Inc


Narrabri & District Comminty Aid Service – NHSS

National Alliance of Seniors for Housing

National Older Women’s Network Inc

National Shelter Inc.

National Union of Students

Newcastle WDVCAS

Newtown Neighbourhood Centre

North Coast Community Housing

Northern Centre against Sexual Assault

Northern Rivers Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

Northern Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

Northside Community Service

NT Shelter

NT Working Women’s Centre

Older Women’s Network NSW

Older Women’s Network Qld Inc

Pacific Link Housing

Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc

Peel Youth Services

Port Stephens Family Family and Neighbourhood Services

Primary Care Connect

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia


Beyond Housing

Sacred Heart Mission

Safe Futures Foundation

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre

SCALES Community Legal Centre

Settlement Services International


Sharehouse Youth Programs Inc

Shelter NSW

Shelter SA

Shelter Tasmania

Shelter WA

Sonshine Sanctuary Association Incorp

Soroptimist International Maylands Peninsula

Soroptimist International of South Perth

South Port Community Housing Group

South West Sydney Legal Centre

Southern Youth and Family Services

St John’s Community Services/ Rough Edges

St Vincent de Paul Society National Council

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

St Vincent de Paul Society Tasmania

St Vincent’s Health Australia

Support The Girls Australia

Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

Sydney Women’s Counselling Centre

Tenants Queensland

Tenants’ Union ACT

Tenants’ Union NSW

Tenants Victoria

The Footpath Library Ltd

The Haymarket Foundation

The Huon Domestic Violence Service

The Immigration Advice and Rights Centre

The Money Project

The SAFV Centre

The Salvation Army

Thrive Services


Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania

Uniting NSW.ACT

Uniting Vic.Tas

UnitingCare Australia

Unity Housing Company

Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)

Victorian Public Tenants Association


Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd


Warrina Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services

Wayss Ltd

Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

Weave Youth and Community Services

Western Australian Council for Social Services

Westside Housing Company

Whittlesea Community Connections




Women Illawarra

Women Working Wonders

Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre

Women’s Community Shelters

Women’s Electoral Lobby Australia

Women’s Health NSW

Women’s Health Queensland

Women’s Health Victoria

Women’s Housing Company Limited

Women’s Legal Service Tasmania

Women’s Liberation Halfway House

Women’s Property Initiatives

WRISC Family Violence Support Inc

Women Up North Housing

Yes Unlimited

Youth Family & Community Connections


Youth Futures Inc.

Youth Off The Streets

Youth Projects

YWCA Australia

YWCA Canberra

Zonta House Refuge Association Inc

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