Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

As many as one in six Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s March 2018 report.

The research found that one woman was killed every week at the hands of a partner or former partner in 2012–13 and 2013–14, compared with one a month for men. It also revealed that one in six women have suffered family violence, physical or sexual, at the hands of a former and current partner whom they lived with since the age of 15.
As part of our goal to the reduce impact of domestic violence in the community, Open Support manages our domestic violence crisis accommodation and Support Service, Safe Haven, for women and families fleeing sometimes life-threatening domestic violence situations.

Safe Haven is Open Support’s domestic violence crisis accommodation and support service for women and families fleeing domestic violence situations.
Located in a safe, non-publicly disclosed house in south west Sydney, Safe Haven operates 24-hours, seven days-a-week, 365 days-a-year.
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Safe Haven has established strong relationships with its local community, including local police and community workers, Community Services (FACS), Housing NSW and many other domestic violence and social welfare agencies.
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A child who lives with violence is forever changed, but not forever ‘damaged’ – and there is a lot we can do to improve their future prospects
Open Support’s Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Program will expand its crisis accommodation and support service to introduce a Child Wellbeing Program as part of its commitment to women and families fleeing often life-threatening situations in their family home.
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2016-17 Snapshot

  • 25 families assisted in 2016-17, including 38 children under-12
  • 63 total clients
  • Average length of client stay 62 days
  • 12 nationalities. 36% from non-English-speaking backgrounds (NESB)
  • 6 clients without access to income due to visa status
  • Average length of stay of these clients 121 days.

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