Protecting women and children from violence

Save the Children has been running Domestic and Family Violence refuges for women and children in Queensland for more than 30 years.

Our refuges provide safe accommodation, support and counselling services for women and their children.

Why our refuges are so important

Every person has the right to live in a safe environment, free from violence. Yet, domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness in Australia. It disproportionately affects women and children.

The physical and emotional well-being and development of children living in homes with domestic and family violence may be profoundly affected. Violence in the home creates barriers to regular school attendance and may diminish a parent or caregivers capacity to respond to children's needs.

Women and children living in violent situations have limited choices available to them. Refuges provide alternative accommodation options for women seeking to keep their children safe.

Our Domestic and Family Violence refuges

Jebb and Gareema - our two Domestic and Family Violence refuges - provide unit style accommodation for women and their children in Queensland. They are set in confidential locations and staffed with skilled Parent Support Workers, and a Child Support Worker who ensure the individual needs and rights of children and women are supported.

Our refuges support women and their children to establish new homes, connections in the community and education about the impact of domestic and family violence to ensure lasting change for families.

On average, women and their children stay for about eight weeks.Most will move into independent housing after their stay.Some families may need more support, and will move into one of our extension houses as they transition out of the refuge.

How we know our refuges are helping families

Unlike many other domestic and family violence services, we specifically focus on helping children deal with the impact of violence and assist women to rebuild a safe life for themselves and their children. Last year, our refuges supported 137 children and 69 women with intensive support.

Who makes our refuges possible

Funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in Queensland, we also receive donations, particularly from CEO Challenge partners such as Clayton Utz and Brisbane City Council who have supported our refuges for more than 10 years.

Domestic and Family Violence Refuges


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