Domestic Violence Victoria Media Statement re: Housing Announcement

DV Vic would like to congratulate the Victorian Government on its historic investment in social housing, which was announced over the weekend.

The Royal Commission into Family Violence identified that having access to a safe and affordable home is critical for victim-survivors of family violence to be able to leave and recover from violence. Investment in public and community housing has not kept up with demand, creating a systemic shortage of affordable housing, leaving many victim-survivors faced with the difficult decision to leave and risk becoming homeless or stay in a violent relationship.

This announcement is a significant and welcome step towards changing this.

The Victorian Government’s $5.3 billion commitment to build over 12,000 social and affordable housing properties over 4 years will help increase access to safe and affordable, long-term housing for victim-survivors of family violence, many of whom are currently on the priority wait list for public housing and currently living in specialist family violence accommodation, motels, or unsustainable accommodation with family or friends.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that having access to a safe and affordable home is more important than ever. The Victorian Government’s decision to make social housing a key plank of this year’s budget shows a commitment to our state’s most vulnerable people as we work towards a new “COVID-normal” and recovery.

We would like to thank our partners in the community services sector and beyond for their tireless advocacy to increase social housing in Victoria and across Australia. We look forward to working with this government to make this investment a reality.

Quote attributable to Tania Farha, CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria:

There is an undeniable link between family violence and homelessness.  This investment in social housing sends a strong message to all victim-survivors of family violence that the Victorian Government recognises the barriers they face and values their safety and wellbeing.’