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National Indigenous Times
Peak homelessness bodies, family violence specialists and sexual assault services joined forces in a new and urgent call for the City of Perth to delay the closure of its Safe Night Space service – at least until after the Christmas season.
The call came on the eve of the annual 16 days of activism for domestic violence, and in the wake of new data showing record demand for services like Safe Night Space, which is operated by Ruah Community Services and supports up to 30 women every night.
Family violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women and most women turning to Safe Night Space for help are not only without a safe place to spend the night but have also experienced violence and abuse – either on the streets, or in the home from which they’ve escaped.