Safer in the home
As of 1 May 2017, the ‘Safer in the Home’* program (operating since September 2016) has helped more than 130 women and their children who are assessed to be at lesser risk of Family and Domestic Violence (FDV). Funded by a federal grant of $2.81 million over a three-year period, Safer in the Home is a national program solely brokered by The Salvation Army and implemented by a private security firm, Protective Group.
Protective Group provides expertise in risk, property and environmental assessments, home safety and security audits and oversees home security upgrades. These assessments are conducted generally within a 48 hour timeframe. Safer in the Home fills a service gap, ‘targeting women and children considered to be at the lower end of the family violence risk scale [as] an early intervention, crisis prevention program’.
Possible security upgrades conducted post-assessment include: security screens and doors, new locks, sensor lights, improving external visibility through trimming trees, bushes etc., and scanning mobile phones for potential security breaches. Safer in the Home is designed to provide basic safety upgrades and security measures that support women and accompanying children who are experiencing FDV, enabling them to remain safely in their homes. Safer in the Home is funded through the Australian Government’s Women’s Safety Package to Stop Family Violence.
* This is a separate program from the ‘Safe at Home’ program, which is also conducted by Protective Group. The Salvation Army is one of several brokers of the Safe at Home program. Safe at Home includes a broader suite of security interventions to help protect women (and their children) who are assessed to be at high risk of Family and Domestic Violence (FDV), through monitoring systems, surveillance cameras, locks etc. It receives recurrent federal funding.