Family violence victims get safer houses

  • 20/07/2016
Family violence victims get safer houses

More than 750 family violence victims have been helped stay safe in their homes in the first year of the National Home Safety Service (NHSS) programme, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

Tougher locks, new alarms, solid doors, and security lights are some of the practical measures available, and 237 homes have been upgraded to higher security levels.

The Government teamed up with the National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges to extend the service in July last year as part of a three-year $3.6 million contract.

"For hundreds of family violence victims, moving on with your life no longer means having to move out of your own home, thanks to the success of the National Home Safety Service," says Ms Adams.

"Too often, victims are forced to move house to escape violent perpetrators, uprooting children and disrupting families, schooling and routines. The NHSS programme means homes can be upgraded with new security systems and repairs so victims can remain in their homes and stay safe."

Ms Adams says the NHSS programme will help a further 2000 family violence victims over the next two years.