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Homelessness & Domestic Violence

Our Homelessness & Domestic Violence programs work proactively with those who are homeless or at risk with an emphasis on women and children escaping violence.

Homelessness & Domestic Violence Services

Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV) offers support to women with or without children who wish to stay in their own home or a home of their choosing while leaving domestic and family violence. When the women and children can remain in their home we advocate for them with local police, complete safety plans and safety audits on the home, access to legal support, victim service claims, counselling, support groups and ongoing support within their community. If they need to leave the home, we can also seek other safe forms of accommodation.


Specialist Homelessness service (SHS) specifically assists men, women, families and young people from high risk groups who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. The program supports access to short term and emergency crisis accommodation, transport and case management. Long term support is also provided to assist with independent and sustainable living.

Key client outcomes are for safe, secure and affordable housing with an independent and healthy lifestyle through increased knowledge and capacity.

Funded by Department of Communities and Justice the SHS program as well as Domestic Violence Response Enhancement which specifically helps women and children by providing them transitional accommodation.

A key focus of SHS is to support and empower clients to solve housing issues and engage with related services to resolve barriers for clients, often with limited tenancy options. In the interim temporary accommodation is provided and basic living necessities are brokered such as groceries, removalists, transport and basic furniture.


Reconnect Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention is specifically targeted to young people aged between 12-18 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and their families. Approximately half the participants are indigenous. The program proactively seeks to support young people who are at risk of becoming homeless due to family and relationship breakdowns, disconnection from the community, education and employment barriers, substance abuse, poor mental health, peer pressure and a lack of opportunities.

Within 24 hours of referral or contact, CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes will provide intervention and support, a needs assessment and a case plan.

Reconnect is funded by the Department of Social Services.


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