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Response to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry into the Family Law Amendment Bill 2017

The Salvation Army is one of Australia’s largest providers of social services and programs for the
most marginalised and socially excluded individuals. The Salvation Army delivers a range of specialist
family and domestic violence services including refuge accommodation, case management,
advocacy, outreach support, counselling and therapeutic responses. In 2016, our family and
domestic violence services assisted more than 6,400 women.

The ‘Safer in the Home’ program is an example of a new and innovative family violence response
that The Salvation Army delivers in partnership with a private security firm. The program is designed
to expand the availability and reach of basic safety and security measures that support women and
accompanying children experiencing family violence, with the goal of enabling them to remain safely
in their homes. Last year, the Safer in the Home program successfully supported more than 700
women across the nation.

This submission is informed by The Salvation Army’s collective experience, knowledge and expertise
about the issues, impacts and possible options regarding the responses to and prevention of family
and domestic violence.

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