If an LGBTIQ person experiencing family violence leaves their home, their options include:
Staying at home should be encouraged if it is safe to do so and appropriate risk assessment and safety planning is in place. People experiencing family violence residing in both social/government housing and private rental have legal rights to remain in the property even if they are not named on the lease. If they reside in social housing, DHHS can arrange and pay for an urgent locks change.
If there is a police-issued Family Violence Safety Notice or a full FVIO in place, one of the conditions will be that the person using violence is excluded from the home. It will be a breach of the order and a criminal offence for that person to enter the home.
For renters, the Tenants Union of Victoria has a family violence protection tenancy kit and can provide advice about how to have the locks changed, receive consideration for rental arrears and have people using violence removed from the lease.
Funding for additional safety measures to enhance a home’s security, known as a ‘safe at home’ or ‘personal safety initiative’ response is available though:
Family Violence Flexible support packages
There is a range of crisis and specialist housing and homelessness support services available in Victoria for LGBTIQ women, men, non-binary and young people experiencing family violence. Priority Access is for people needing housing more urgently or who are particularly vulnerable or at risk. These services may be able to assist people depending on area and eligibility criteria:
To be eligible for these services, people generally need to: