QCDFVR is working with Warringu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation which initiated this project to develop a framework to build a wholistic model of care for women in shelter accommodation.  Currently shelters are only funded to provide temporary crisis accommodation for women and children who are escaping violence or at risk of homelessness: they are not funded to provide any services to support or address the underlying issues or therapeutic requirements of clients residing in the shelters.

The focus of the project is Far North Queensland, where there are 13 shelters whose primary clients are First Nations women and children.