If you are experiencing family and domestic violence please visit the Family and Domestic Violence Help for information about support services. In an emergency call 000.

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Family violence provisions

Family violence is a prevalent and devastating issue affecting the Western Australian community.

WA's Residential Tenancies Act provides a range of practical options and flexibility for tenants who are at risk of, or experiencing family and domestic violence, including:

  • the ability to end a tenancy or tenancy interest directly with a landlord or property manager, with appropriate evidence
  • the ability to remove a perpetrator from a tenancy agreement and remain in the property by applying to the Court
  • the option to apply to the Court to settle financial disputes regarding rent and property damage
  • the option to change locks on a rental property without seeking landlord permission to stop a perpetrator accessing the property
  • the option to install security measures at the rental property in certain circumstances
  • a process to have their name removed from blacklisted tenancy databases if this is due to family violence.

Information and resources for tenants and landlords is available on Consumer Protection's Safe Tenancy WA web page.

This includes a video developed by Consumer Protection to explain safe tenancy options, which is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Arabic | العربية
  • Burmese | မြန်မာ
  • Somali
  • Vietnamese | Tiếng Việt
  • Chinese simplified | 简体中文

The Department of Communities has an important role to play in supporting safe tenancy as WA’s lead agency for family and domestic violence and a housing provider for government employees, public housing tenants and people living in an Aboriginal community.

If you are a tenant in public housing, government employee housing or Aboriginal housing, please visit the Housing Authority Safe Tenancy web page or contact your regional service provider or housing office for more information.