The safe house: the role of housing in domestic and family violence


Following a period of significant policy reflection and reform on the issue of family and domestic violence, our final major plenary session will examine the important role of housing in the domestic and family violence policy response.

Leading the session in her keynote address is Dr Heather Nancarrow, Chief Executive Officer, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, who has 35 years’ experience in numerous state and national leadership roles in regard to policy on the prevention of violence against women.

Joining this major plenary session are panellists Hon Linda Burney MP, Federal Shadow Minister for Human Services, and Hon Pru Goward MP, the NSW Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (as well as Minister for Social Housing).

Our speakers will take stock of all current state/territory and federal initiatives, including the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children as well as Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family and Domestic Violence.

This session will assess what needs to be done to ensure the supply of safe and secure housing options for those who are vulnerable to, or are experiencing, domestic and family violence.

Facilitated by Walkley award winning journalist Leigh Sales, further panellist announcements for this session are still to come.