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Safe FuturesSafe Futures Foundation in partnership with Uniting Wesley successfully applied for funding to co-locate a family violence worker within the Homelessness Open Door service. Many women seeking homelessness assistance approach the open door service seeking housing following a relationship breakdown either immediately or after a number of months or years. Many of these women have experienced recent and long term family violence. The purpose of the co-located worker is to assist the crisis workers to recognise and respond to family violence issues, provide training on family violence responses and making a referral to the specialist agency if the women and children need support because of the family violence. The project was funded by the Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund in 2016-2017 and will continue into 2017-2018.

"We thought it was just a place to hide and protect us but it was more than this in here, besides feeling safe we got all the support we really needed."