Women's Safe Houses
Under the Australian Government Stronger Futures package, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Office of Children and Families (NT) have committed to continue the support and funding of 14 Women's Safe Houses in remote communities across the Northern Territory. Funding is also provided for transitional houses in Darwin and Alice Springs.
Women's Safe Houses across the Northern Territory started to open for business in early 2009. The Women's Safe Houses aim to provide increased safety options in remote communities by providing crisis accommodation for women and children escaping family violence. Women's Safe Houses seek to provide a welcoming and safe environment for women and children and for other service providers who may provide activities in the WSH.
The Women's Safe Houses in remote communities employ local women and are a place of respite and support for women and children escaping violence. The Women's Safe Houses are open from 9am to 4pm during week days and workers are rostered on call in the evenings and weekends to provide a 24 hour emergency service.
Women's Safe House workers work closely with Police, Night Patrols and Community Health Centres to increase support for women and children escaping family violence.
Women's Safe Houses funded under Stronger Futures are located at Wurrumiyanga, Maningrida, Angurugu, Peppimenarti, Ramingining, Ngukurr, Wugularr, Kalkarindji, Lajamanu, Yarralin, Ti Tree, and Ntaria. Non-Government Organisations are also funded to operate Women's Safe Houses in Gunbalanya and Wadeye.