McAuley wants to assist women and children who have experienced family violence to remain in their home or community, as safely as possible. Our research shows that the drift into homelessness after family violence can be prevented by a changed community focus — on women’s ability to stay, safely, in the family home rather than being forced to ‘flee’. There is a strong and complex connection between family violence and homelessness. Victoria has the strongest association between family violence and homelessness of any state, with 44% of presentations to homelessness services being because of family violence. McAuley has gathered key stakeholders from across the service systems to undertake a project that will identify areas for intervention, to ensure that women and children who have experienced family violence are able to remain or return to their home, or a home of their choice. McAuley will lead the project which will map and identify the parts of the family violence, justice and housing systems that prevent women and children from being able to stay safe at home and thereby risking the outcome of homelessness. This process will identify key areas to be addressed and will determine where to focus sector efforts in resolving blockages and barriers. Also critical to the project is understanding the data gathered through different agencies and women with lived experience. McAuley and sector stakeholders have contributed relevant data to underpin the beginning of this work.