Open Support announced as a Safe Places Grant recipient

Open Support, a charitable arm of St Vincent’s Clinic, has been awarded $2,509,688 by the Australian Government as part of the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation program.

Open Support said the grant would allow them to increase emergency accommodation and provide women and children somewhere safe to escape violence.

“This grant is going to be a game-changer for our Domestic and Family Violence operations,” said Gary Sillett, General Manager of Open Support. “When a family is escaping domestic violence, one of their immediate needs is a safe haven where they are cared for, without the fear of judgement or reprisal. Open Support has been providing such support for over 25 years and is one of the few organisations that focuses on women and children from culturally diverse backgrounds, especially women on temporary visas, who face a myriad of additional barriers to leaving a violent home. This is why we are incredibly grateful for this funding, as it allows us to significantly expand our impact and provide more support to the many women in desperate need.”

Minister for Families and Social Services and co-chair of Women’s Safety Ministers, Anne Ruston, said the grants will help women and children experiencing domestic violence to find a safe and secure place to stay.

“It is an important investment to create real and lasting change to reduce violence against women,” said Minister Ruston.

The $60 million Safe Places Emergency Accommodation program is part of the $78 million funding package which includes $18 million to continue the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes initiative. This funding forms part of the $340 million Australian Government investment in the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022.

Media Contact/s:

Audrey Ripoche
Communications Manager, St Vincent’s Clinic
Tel. 04 3134 6234

About Open Support

Open Support is a not-for profit, community service organisation committed to addressing the unmet needs of the most vulnerable in our community. Established by Sisters of Charity Australia as part of St Vincent’s Clinic in 1990, Open Support looks after those too often overlooked and is here for those with no one else to turn to. Every day, Open Support helps domestic violence survivors and their children, in particular from culturally diverse backgrounds; and offers human connection to those in the community who are isolated through its social isolation program.

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