If you're experiencing family or domestic violence

Start Safely

The Department of Communities and Justice operates a housing rental assistance service called Start Safely.

It is for people who do not have a stable and secure place to live due to domestic or family violence. Start Safely can be used to: 

  • help find a safe and affordable place to rent  
  • pay some of your rent for up to 3 years  
  • assist with education and employment options

More services and support options for women and families experiencing family violence

Organisation Services Get in touch
Domestic Violence Line 24/7 counselling and referrals to women experiencing domestic and family violence 1800 656 463
1800RESPECT 24 hour counselling and support service 1800 737 732
Women's Legal Service NSW  helps women experiencing violence about their legal rights and access to justice 1800 810 784
Women's Community Shelters offers short term emergency housing and support for homeless women 0434 317 107


NSW Rape Crisis 24/7 counselling for people of all genders whose lives have been impacted by sexual assault 1800 424 017