If you’re having a particularly bad Christmas Shane Rattenbury has some important information for you:
“There is an increased need for emergency accommodation for families experiencing domestic violence over the Christmas period,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The Domestic Violence Christmas Program is now in its eighth year and was developed as a direct response to meeting this need.
“Under the program, families experiencing domestic violence are provided with emergency accommodation and support by specialist homelessness services to ensure that positive outcomes can be achieved immediately and in the longer term.”
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The program also offers an alternative accommodation option for the person who has used violence to allow the remainder of the family to stay in their home.
Mr Rattenbury said the ongoing success of the program was a collaborative effort.
“Thanks to the partnerships of Housing ACT, the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS), and the specialist homelessness services working together, each year an innovative program is delivered to meet the needs of vulnerable Canberrans.”
The Domestic Violence Crisis Service will be providing coordination and direct referral into the program.
The program runs from 17 December 2012 to 28 January 2013.
Contact for those seeking assistance is 1800 176 468 or the DVCS 24hr crisis line on 6280 0900.