Online Resources to Assist with FDV
Online resources to assist tenants experiencing family and domestic violence.
Below is a variety of resources available for tenants experiencing family and domestic violence. If you have a tenant ask you for help or assistance because they are experiencing family and domestic violence, you can refer them to the below resources.
Remember Community Housing Providers and community housing staff are not expected to be experts in Family and Domestic Violence. Therefore, the best thing you can do is refer them to services who specialise in family and domestic violence.
The Your Toolkit is a website-based resource which provide victims of family and domestic violence with support and help needed to make important decisions and begin a path to a more independent, confident, and safe life. It has been built in consultation with women who have experienced domestic and family violence, support workers and industry professionals who understand the needs of women and families experiencing abuse.
The Your Toolkit team does not provide direct support to individuals, but the website provides details for contacting support services and help lines and women’s refuges. It provides links and telephone numbers to key organisations, and things to consider doing when you are facing difficult and challenging situations.
To make it easy to use, the information is divided into 4 sections:
The Your Toolkit website can be found here.
Tenancy WA have created a similar online resource as a fact sheet for individuals who have experienced family and domestic violence and need to make changes in their tenancy. The fact sheet for tenants can be found here.
No place for family violence is an explainer video which provides a summary of WA tenancy law changes (commenced 15 April 2019) to allow renters affected by family and domestic violence (FDV) to stay or go. The video was produced by Consumer Protection Western Australia and can be found here.
Penda is a free, national app with legal, financial, and personal safety information and referrals for women who have experienced domestic and family violence. Domestic violence service apps should only be downloaded if you have safe, secure control and access to your phone.
More information about downloading Penda can be found here.
Daisy is an app that connects women around Australia to services. Daisy can link you up with a service phone number, be used to search the internet for more information and let you know what to expect when contacting a service. Family members and friends can use Daisy to gather information and support a loved one’s decision making. It is available through both Google Play and the Apple App Store.
More information about downloading the Daisy app can be found here.
The Australian Government (Department of Social Services) has developed a family safety pack with information on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage. The pack aims to reduce violence against women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, by ensuring they understand their rights and where to get support if needed. It also aims to strengthen support for women coming to Australia on a Partner Visa, by providing information on the family violence visa provisions and available support.
The pack includes four factsheets on the following topics: domestic and family violence, sexual assault, forced and early marriage, and family violence and partner visas. The pack also includes a low literacy storyboard.
The family safety pack factsheets have been translated into 22 languages and are available here.