This state of knowledge paper discusses the history and development of "safe at home" approaches, and the corresponding policy and practice context. It outlines current safe at home approaches in Australia and overseas and common program elements across jurisdictions.
The paper presents four philosophical pillars as the platform on which "safe at home" responses were founded: 1) promoting safety; 2) operating as an integrated response; 3) promoting economic security; and 4) preventing homelessness.
It also provides a preliminary mapping of current services and initiatives in Australia and overseas, and how legislative and policy contexts influence such programs.
- Associate Professor Jan Breckenridge, School of Social Sciences and Co-convenor, Gendered Violence Research Network, University of New South Wales.
- Professor Donna Chung, Head of Social Work, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University.
- Dr Angela Spinney, Research Fellow/Lecturer, Swinburne Institute of Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology.
- Dr Carole Zufferey, Lecturer in Social Work, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia.