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Support service providers to phase out the communal refuge model

Recommendation 015 - In Progress

The Victorian Government support service providers in phasing out the communal refuge model and replacing it with accommodation that promotes safety, is accessible to people with disabilities, provides private units and enables connections with the community, work and school (core and cluster model). To facilitate the transition, the Victorian Government should provide a capital fund to assist service providers with business case development, design options and implementation (including construction of redesigned accommodation) and fund interim arrangements to avoid loss in service delivery during refurbishment or redevelopment.

What we are doing

Help is being provided to the family violence sector to adopt a more modern 'core and cluster' accommodation model to allow women and children greater privacy and independence while maintaining onsite support. The core and cluster model includes accommodation that promotes safety, is accessible to people with disabilities, provides private units and enables connections with the community, work and school.

Where we are up to

The 19 new core and cluster model refuges have been funded. Seventeen of these replace existing communal refuges and two additional refuges will be constructed for the Aboriginal community.

To date, 14 of the 19 sites for the new core and cluster refuges have been secured. Construction has commenced on four of the secured sites with the remaining ten sites in various stages of the design and planning phase. Land searches continue for the remaining five sites.

Four facilities are expected to open in late 2019 with completion of the entire project expected by the end of 2020. This will increase the number of households that can be accommodated in refuges by approximately 50 per cent, from around 105 to around 160 households.

These facilities will be located in high demand areas to ensure women and children can access the support they need. The facilities promote safety, are accessible to people with disabilities, and provide connections to community, school and work.

A state-wide project control group and local user groups with sector representatives continues to oversee this work.

Timeframe

Forecast implementation date: 31 December 2020.

 

Who is leading the change

Family Safety Victoria