Preventing homelessness for women escaping domestic violence

Domestic violence is recognised as a key cause of homelessness and survivors of domestic violence can face many barriers to justice. A grant of $50,000 to Brigid Justice is helping fund legal services for women leaving DV relationships to secure their financial rights and address other legal issues.

These women are in the ‘justice gap’, that is, they do not qualify for Legal Aid and are unable to afford private legal advice. When the client receives her settlement, legal fees are paid back to the fund to assist another woman.

The program is national and has assisted six women to date. All six were homeless or living in unstable or risky housing circumstances.

“Thank you very much for all the effort you put in our case and helping us get to settlement. I wouldn’t have done this without your help. From the bottom of my heart thank you. My daughter and I are forever grateful.”