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A State of Alert is in place for rural and remote areas in the south and the west of the ACT. Information on what this means, what you need to do, support available and government service changes can be found on the ACT Emergency Services (ESA) website.
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The Family Safety Hub brings the right people together to explore new approaches to services, programs and policies related to family and domestic violence. Through an intensive co-design process, we identified priority challenge topics the Hub will explore over the next few years.
Second challenge topic – preventing housing and financial crisis we chose the topic because:
Domestic and family violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness in Australia, particularly for women and children.
Women in middle income brackets experiencing domestic and family violence have trouble accessing support.
In the ACT, more than half of women who leave a violent relationship lose their home within one year.
Fixed costs such as a mortgage, rent, child care, utilities and legal costs can lead to financial insecurity after the end of a violent relationship.
Following a period of discovery research and insights gathering the Family Safety Hub held a ideas generation workshop with financial service providers, crisis services, housing providers, real estate agents and government agencies. The participants identified potential solutions that could help prevent a housing or financial crisis occurring and remove this as a barrier to someone seeking a pathway to safety.
The ideas generated are now being considered for prototyping and piloting.
women can be at a greater risk of experiencing violence from their partners during their pregnancy and after the baby is born
one in five women whose partner uses violence, experience that violence during pregnancy
the current domestic and family violence system is focused on crisis response
we need to make sure families at risk of experiencing violence are supported earlier to help prevent violence from happening or escalating.
Our challenge workshop generated nearly 60 ideas on this topic. We are actively exploring the most promising ideas to see if they have the potential to address the challenge, including testing them with pregnant women, new parents and frontline workers.
Our first co-designed ‘try, test and learn’ pilot program is helping pregnant women and new families who are experiencing domestic and family violence to access free legal services.
We tested the idea of providing access to legal information with more than 55 health, community and legal professionals to see how it could work.
The pilot is providing free and confidential legal advice in locations where parents go for health or family appointments and may already have established relationships.
Maternity wards at Calvary Public Hospital, the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children and the Gungahlin Child and Family Centre are participating in this pilot.
We know people tend to seek help from trusted professionals so it’s important that health professionals can explain what services are available and reassure people about confidentiality.
We’ll continually evaluate the pilot to learn how useful the service is, how well it’s working, and how we might refine it as we go. Depending on the outcomes at the end of the pilot, we’ll either end the service, extended it, or scale it up.