Women’s Refuge has released a first-of-its-kind research report into what children need to feel safe after family violence.
The Women's Refuge system was set up with women in mind and hasn't always looked at what safety looks like from a child's perspective.
Most of the children who they talked to for the Kids in the Middle research wanted a place that was safe, they needed to know how they would enact an escaped plan if there was violence in their home and of the importance in having their own advocates.
Women’s Refuge professional development and research advisor Cleo Arathoon says they hadn't really considered children and their needs before.
"Now we're really able to do that. We've explained the burden of exposure to violence. It doesn't go away when they arrive at [Women's] Refuge."