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Domestic and family violence self-funded refuges

Refuges—also called shelters—provide a place of safety for women and children escaping domestic and family violence in their homes or community.

Most refuges in Queensland receive government funding to provide temporary supported accommodation and other support services to women and children due to domestic and family violence.

Some other places offer domestic and family violence accommodation services without receiving government funding.

These are known as self-funded refuges.

Unlike government-funded refuges, self-funded refuges are not required to:

  • meet the specific practice standards for working with women affected by domestic and family violence
  • meet the requirements for delivering Specialist Homelessness Services, or
  • comply with our Human Services Quality Framework.

Referral considerations

Self-funded refuges that wish to be considered as a referral point for domestic and family violence organisations need to demonstrate that their service can appropriately meet the safety, security and support needs of women and children escaping domestic and family violence.

Referral organisations must be confident that any self-funded refuges they refer to are safe and appropriate.

Suitability Assessment Guide

The Suitability Assessment Guide or (DOCX) will assist referral organisations to consider if the self-funded refuges are appropriate for referral.

The guide may also be used by self-funded refuges—or organisations seeking to establish a self-funded refuge—to self-assess the suitability of their current and/or proposed services.

The guide outlines 5 criteria for assessment:

  1. Safety
  2. Understanding risks and needs
  3. Working with clients
  4. Staff
  5. Governance.

Registration as a Residential Service

The Residential Services (Accreditation) Act 2002 requires all residential services—including self-funded refuges if they meet the threshold requirements—to apply for registration and accreditation.

More information

Read the following fact sheets if you want to establish a private refuge or are a referral agency:

Contact

To find out more, contact the Department of Housing and Public Works' Residential Services Unit on phone (07) 3008 3450 or email.

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Last updated:
13 October 2017
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