ADVISORY BOARD

Safe Haven Community engages an External Advisory Board to provide independent, expert advice to the Community Executive. The Advisory Board consists of leaders from both the public and private sectors. 

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Dr Nerina Vecchio 

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Dr Janice Gullick

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Dr Tyson Whitten

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Dr Rochelle Einboden

SENIOR LECTURER

HEALTH ECONOMICS

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

ASSOC PROFESSOR

DIRECTOR POSTGRADUATE ADVANCED STUDIES

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY

LECTURER IN CRIMINOLOGY

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

LECTURER

SYDNEY NURSING SCHOOL

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY

MANAGEMENT team
Denise Hunter

FOUNDING DIRECTOR

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Denise has been  an Administration Manager in several businesses most notably the iconic Australian Woolshed, Channel 10 and WIN Television in Rockhampton.  Her tenacity and can do" attitude, has been a driving force behind an innovative and effective community-based solution to provide a safe place for women seeking to escape domestic abuse.

Jaeneen Cunningham

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Jaeneen’s business acumen is well supported by her many achievements. She established EquityLend in 1998 and presently she owns and manages Etairos Finance  Jaeneen was a Telstra Business Woman State Finalist and ‘Manager of Year’ with Association of Women in Finance.  She has corporate experience working for major banks and is committed to helping women through organisations like Safe Haven Comminity  

Paul Cunningham

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

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Paul is an accomplished finance professional with a background in accounting. He has worked primarily in financial management and business development roles in premium banking, finance and Not-For-Profit.

 

Paul is a partner at Etairos Finance.

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Tessa Jetson

VICTORIA

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Tessa Jetson has been working to enhance the well-being and life chances for women in Victoria for many years. She is an entrepreneur and  successful businesswoman, passionate about helping women get through their abuse. Tessa has been a long time supporter and Room Provider with of Safe Haven Community and she has always been generous with her time and resources in furthering our cause

RISK MANAGEMENT
Referral agencies

We help refuges and shelters find new accommodation options for guests who no longer need such a high level of support. This makes room for new high priority cases to enter the refuge and access the critical services they need.
Often when people ring the Domestic Violence call centres they are in immediate danger or crisis. They have high risk and complex needs that need to be addressed by highly qualified and fully trained professionals from the DV and homelessness sectors. These people need to be placed in a refuge or shelter. For safety reasons it would not be appropriate to place these people in a private community home.
Typically, after around 12 weeks in a refuge or shelter, the person’s highest needs will have been addressed and their personal risk will be much lower and they will be able to self-manage. This is when the person is eligible to be considered for a Safe Haven Community placement. NOTE: The person must have been confirmed low risk by a qualified Risk Assessment Worker or Case Manager.

self-referring guests

Some people may wish to approach Safe Haven Community directly as they do not think they are high risk enough to bother the already overloaded DV and homelessness call centres, or they may have already been turned away by some service providers as they do not fit the criteria for that particular service provider. In situations such as this, Safe Haven Community will offer a Case Manager and conduct our own risk assessment.  If the person’s individual risk is deemed to be low and not putting the potential Guest or any of our Accommodation Providers at risk of harm, then we may be able to assist in the provision of a community placement.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not guarantee the provision of any accommodation or other services if we are not comfortable with our perceived level of risk. Safety for all Guests and Accommodation Providers is our highest priority.

VISION

There is always a safe place to stay for women wishing to leave an abusive relationship. They no longer have to wait until they are in extreme danger of physical violence or homeless before they qualify for assistance.