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Women’s Safehouse

Women's Safe House

Safe houses are safe and secure locations for people who need a place of refuge. They are often called Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) refuges or just simply Safe Houses and Shelters. They provide a safe and secure shelter often for women fleeing from DFV. However, a safe house can also be a safe temporary place of accommodation for children experiencing abuse as well as refugees seeking shelter.

The Problem

Unfortunately, DFV is becoming an increasing problem in society and many women are enduring such violence because of reasons such as: Fear of becoming homeless, for the sake of the children in the relationship or out of fear for their life.

Prophet Muhammed ﷺ Said, “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.” (Bukhari)

Types of Safe Houses:

What a safe house is like and what it provides for clients will vary from location to location. Some safe houses will consist of a self-contained unit, fit to accommodate a family. Such units come with a small kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.

Other safe houses are more of a communal set-up where the kitchen, bathroom, and common areas are shared with other people also taking refuge in the safe house and the rooms are housed by individuals and their children.

 

Al-Ihsan Foundation Safe House:

Due to an increase in community demand, in early 2021 Al-Ihsan Foundation established a Safe House for women. This initiative was set up to accommodate those women in the community who otherwise would be destitute and homeless.

The Safe House provides women, who are experiencing or fleeing from DFV, a short-term safe, and secure place to reside.

Every woman who applies for refuge at a safe house has a story to tell and may require particular support. The staff at Al-Ihsan Foundation therefore, assess the case of each applicant individually, in order to recognise and identify those individual needs and areas of support.

Prophet Muhammed ﷺ  Said “The best of you are those who are best to their womenfolk.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1162)

 

What We Offer:

Every client offered refuge with Al-Ihsan Foundation will be taken care of. We offer our clients a temporary yet safe place to reside, access to specialist support and counseling as well as support in safety planning and assessment. We also provide guidance on accessing Centrelink or other financial assistance and assist our clients with looking and securing a more comfortable and permanent place to reside.

Our Values and beliefs:

Al-Ihsan Foundation values the safety and confidentiality of its clients above anything else. Therefore, the location and details of our safe houses are not available to the public as they are highly confidential. This is to ensure the protection and safety of the refuge itself as well as the clients who seek refuge in these houses.

Al-Ihsan Foundation is an organisation established to serve and support the less fortunate and needy within our local community as well as nationally and internationally. Our staff is determined to provide support wherever and to whoever is in need of support. Al-Ihsan Foundation opposes any form of violence whether it be physical, emotional, financial, or psychological. We believe every person has the right to speak out and be heard.

Al-Aswad bin Yazid (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: ‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) was asked: “What did Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to do inside his house?” She answered:
“He (the Prophet Muhammed) used to keep himself busy serving his family and when it was time for the prayer, he would get up for prayer.”  [Al-Bukhari].

How You Can Help:

Al-Ihsan Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation. This means we receive no government assistance instead, we rely entirely on community support and sponsorship. You can help make a difference to the lives of women experiencing and/or fleeing DFV or suffering from mental, physical, and/or financial distress by making a single or ongoing donation to the Safe House or by becoming a business sponsor.

 

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