Temporary Accommodation for women escaping domestic and family violence and their children
SAHSSI owns a temporary accommodation support facility in the Illawarra and manages another in the Shoalhaven. Women who are fleeing domestic and family violence can access this service (for up to 28 days). Assessment is completed for suitability in line with Family and Community Services – Housing NSW temporary accommodation policies. Front line responders to domestic and family violence such as NSW Police or Accident and Emergencies can refer women to this service 24hours a day, 7 days a week. Upon exiting, this support can be linked to SAHSSI’s crisis accommodation, transitional housing, and outreach case management support.
A NSW Government funded initiative to provide a 24/7 emergency accommodation and specialist support service to women and children who are fleeing domestic and family abuse.
Who can it Help?
Single women 18+
Women (17+) with accompanying children - please note SAHSSI supports accompanying male children
What can it Offer?
Emergency accommodation (eligibility through Housing NSW) with links to ongoing accommodation and case management
Ongoing support from a trauma-informed and specialist SAHSSI case manager
Referral and partnership links with specialist services in counselling, child therapy, legal, child protection, police, health, cultural services and education
24/7 staff available to provide safety planning and support where a perpetrator is removed from the home and the woman wishes to remain
Emergency supply of food vouchers and toiletries at selected safe locations across the district
24/7 access to qualified staff where a woman is homeless or at risk of homelessness due to domestic and family abuse.
What is the Cost?
There is no cost associated with this service.
How do women access this Service?
Referrals also from Police and the Hospital Emergency Department