Funding cuts put Beryl Women’s Shelter at risk of closing

A victim of domestic violence was nearly deported because an understaffed Canberra women’s shelter almost missed the Immigration department’s reporting deadlines.

Beryl Women’s Shelter staff say there is a “significant risk” it may be forced to shut due to funding cuts and an increased demand for their services.

Its staff wrote to an ACT parliamentary inquiry into government responses to domestic violence claiming the ACT Specialist Homelessness Services funding model is “inadequate and overwhelmed by demand”.

The shelter is funded under the National Affordable Housing Agreement, which is matched by the ACT government.

This has left specialist domestic and family violence services “struggling to remain fully effective and viable”, because their funding is linked to their homeless services, their submission said.

 “A range of work done by these services is not captured, or recognised [under this funding model], particularly preventative work, such as community outreach, information sharing and awareness raising,” it reads.
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