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Social Housing Gaps in Local Areas Across NSW

Women’s Safety NSW conducted state-wide surveys of our members including frontline domestic and family violence specialists and victim-survivors of domestic and family violence.  Our survey of frontline domestic and family violence specialists captured their professional observations in providing support to victim-survivors seeking social housing. This survey was open for responses for 24 days from 18 May 2021 to 11 June 2021. Women’s Safety NSW received 38 responses from a diverse cohort of frontline domestic and family violence specialists and these responses provided valuable insight into service gaps endemic to social housing across New South Wales. The geographical locations of respondents were as follows: Metropolitan, 21.05%% (N = 8/38); Regional, 68.42% (or N = 26/38); Rural, 13.16% (or N = 5/38); and Remote, 5.26% (or N = 2/38).

Notably, while our members cover a broad area of NSW, WDVCAS offices are only situated in Local Government Areas with a Local Court. For this reason, it is important to acknowledge that there are areas in NSW that are not represented by our data.