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Domestic & family violence (DFV) is a national and significant issue, causing horrifying health and safety concerns: according to the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare 2.2 million Australians have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous partner.

According to the Specialist Homelessness Services latest annual report (Dec 2019), ‘ family and domestic violence is the main reason women and children leave their homes in Australia’. 9 in 10 (90%) adult SHS clients (aged 18 years and over) who experienced family and domestic violence were female.

Not only that, but the report explains how ‘clients who have been victims of family and domestic violence may cycle in and out of homelessness due to lack of financial security and stable housing options and may return to the perpetrator on numerous occasions’. 

Community Housing Organisations (CHOs) are committed to ensuring that they deliver an effective and sensitive response to any tenants and their dependents who experience domestic and family violence (DFV).

CHIA is seeking contributions towards the development of an industry standard for responding to domestic and family violence. The standard will set clear criteria for assessing responses, be underpinned by tools and resources  to support community housing providers to achieve service excellence and promote external accreditation.

We believe that the tenancy managers are frequently ‘first responders’ and the role they play in achieving the best outcomes overlooked. We also believe that their role in responding to perpetrators safely and effectively is critically important.
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CHIA has already raised over $40k and we are over halfway towards our goal- help us hit the target by the end of November.

All contributors will be acknowledged as part of the project (unless you wish to remain anonymous)
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CHIA have received grant funding that covers half the costs – $40,000. They hope to raise circa $20,000 from within the community housing sector and are sourcing the rest from philanthropic sources.

There is no minimum contribution – all are welcome. Our goal is to hit our funding target by the end of November so we can get started in January 2021.

If you or your organisation would like to contribute, please read on for the different payment options. You can make an instant credit card donation via Give Now, which has the lowest platform fees currently available to not for profits.

Or, you can pledge your support and we will organise for an invoice to be sent, so that payment can be made by bank transfer (incurring no platform fees)

With both options, you will receive a tax deductible receipt for any contributions over $2, as CHIA is a registered charity with DGR status.

Please tick the box if you would like to remain anonymous, otherwise we will thank you publicly as a supporter.

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For more detail on the project, including the original National Community Housing Standards, please click to download a PDF

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