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Key achievements and future milestones

Safe Homes, Safe Families: Responding and Reporting

Key achievements and future milestones



Establishing Safe Families Tasmania

Key Achievements (13 August 2015 – 31 December 2016)

  • Safe Families Coordination Unit established and fully operational on 27 June 2016 (Action 1a).
  • Safe Choices face-to-face service in southern Tasmania and statewide phone service established and operational on 30 June 2016 (Action 1b).

Future Milestones (1 January 2017 – 30 June 2018)

  • Development and implementation of a revised risk framework for the Safe Families Coordination Unit by January 2018 (Action 1a).
  • Independent review of the Safe Families Coordination Unit undertaken, with findings provided and addressed by 30 June 2018 (Action 1a).
  • Safe Choices north west site operational by the end of June 2017 (Action 1b).
  • Safe Choices northern site operational by the end of June 2018 (Action 1b).  

 

Changing attitudes and behaviours that lead to family violence

Key Achievements (13 August 2015 – 31 December 2016)

  • Respectful Relationships Education Program, for birth to Year 12, developed for implementation in all Tasmanian Government schools (Action 2).
  • Respectful Relationships Education Program trialled in selected schools (Action 2)
  • National Campaign, Stop It At The Start, successfully launched on 24 April 2017 (Action 3).
  • Tasmanian Government joined Our Watch and hosted a board meeting on 13 August 2015 (Action 4).
  • The Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Treasury and Finance and Police, Fire and Emergency Management (Group One) achieved White Ribbon Workplace accreditation on 25 November 2016 (Action 5).

Future Milestones (1 January 2017 – 30 June 2018)

  • Respectful Relationships Education Program implemented in all Tasmanian Government schools in Term 1 2018 (Action 2).
  • Community engagement initiatives to support Stop It At The Start rolled-out in 2017-18 (Action 3).
  • The new Safe Choices Liaison Officer, col-located with the Child Safety Notification Assessment area in the Department of Health and Human Services, to manage referrals to the broader family violence service system [funded through the National Campaign] (Action 3).
  • The Departments of Education and Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (Group Two) to achieve White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation by March 2018 (Action 5).
  • Group Three Agencies (to be confirmed) begin the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program, start dates subject to White Ribbon’s intake availability (Action 5).  

 

Supporting families affected by violence

Key Achievements (13 August 2015 – 31 December 2016)

  • Six additional psychologists and social workers, based in Child and Family Centres in Bridgewater, East Devonport and Ravenswood appointed to support children affected by family violence (Action 6).
  • Grant deeds developed with Independent Schools Tasmania and the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office to support children affected by family violence in non-government schools (Action 7).
  • The Australian Childhood Foundation announced as the successful proponent to deliver additional counselling services for children and young people experiencing family violence on 22 June 2016 (Action 8).
  • Support, Help, Empowerment (SHE) announced as the successful proponent to deliver additional counselling services for adults experiencing family violence on 22 June 2016 (Action 9).
  • Site identified and secured for the new Hobart Women’s Shelter. Architect engaged, design developed and a Development Application submitted in December 2016 (Action 10).
  • A pool of 30 rental properties established for those impacted by family violence. A financial incentive introduced for Housing Connect providers to increase the number of properties available (Action 11).
  • Forensic medical examinations at the Royal Hobart Hospital extended to include adult victims of family violence on 18 April 2016 (Action 16).

Future Milestones (1 January 2017 – 30 June 2018)

  • Projects delivered as outlined in grant deeds with Independent Schools Tasmania and the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office (January 2017 – December 2017) (Action 7).
  • Projects under grant deeds evaluated in November 2017 and the next round of grant deeds finalised by February 2018 (Action 7).
  • Construction of the new Hobart Women’s Shelter commencing by mid-2017 and completed by 31 December 2017 (Action 10).
  • Properties continue to be identified to establish a pool of 50 rental properties to house those affected by family violence (Action 11).
  • Review of the Royal Hobart Hospital pilot of forensic medical examinations for victims of family violence by July 2017 (Action 16).
  • Option of extending the pilot to the Launceston General Hospital, subject to the review, considered by December 2017 (Action 16).

 

Strengthening our legal responses

Key achievements (13 August 2015 – 31 December 2016)

  • Family Violence Amendment Bill 2015 to strengthen the operation of the Family Violence Act 2004 (Tas) passed by the Tasmanian Parliament in October 2015 (Action 12).
  • Family Violence Reform Bill tabled in Parliament on 15 November 2016 (Action 12).
  • Women’s Legal Service Tasmania and the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania announced as the successful proponents to deliver additional legal services in October 2016 (Action 13).
  • Women’s Legal Service Tasmania extended operations to the north and north east to offer dedicated family violence assistance statewide in December 2016 (Action 13).
  • Three additional specialist family violence police prosecutors appointed; one in each region (Action 14).
  • Relationships Australia Tasmania announced as the successful proponent to deliver a Men’s Behaviour Change Program on 2 August 2016 (Action 15).
  • No To Violence (Men’s Referral Service) announced as the successful proponent to deliver the men’s counselling and referral service in Tasmania on 2 August 2016 (Action 15).
  • Additional Defendant Health Liaison Officer appointed in December 2016 (Action 15).
  • Additional facilitator employed to reduce the waitlist for the Family Violence Offender Intervention Program (Action 15).
  • Business case for the Criminal Justice Information Management System developed (Action 17).
  • The Safe At Home Information Management System (SIMS) migrated to a new content management system in September 2016 (Action 18).

Future Milestones (1 January 2017 – 30 June 2018)

  • Public consultation on further options to strengthen the legislative framework open from December 2016 to February 2017 (Action 12).
  • Family Violence Reforms Bill 2016 to provide further protection to victims and witnesses debated during the autumn Parliamentary sitting (Action 12).
  • Submissions to the Family Violence: Strengthening Our Legal Responses Consultation Paper evaluated to inform further legislative reform options (Action 12).
  • Introduce legislation in the second half of 2017 to further improve the safety of victims (Action 12).
  • Women’s Legal Service Tasmania fully established in the north and north east of Tasmania by March 2017 (Action 13).
  • Relationships Australia Tasmania commence delivery of the Men Engaging New Strategies (MENS) program in March 2017 (Action 15).
  • Introduce the EQUIPS Domestic Abuse Program for medium risk male perpetrators and EQUIPS Aggression Program for violent perpetrators, including female perpetrators, as part of the Community Corrections suite of offender programs in March 2017 (Action 15).
  • Safe At Home Information Management System (SIMS) data exchange with Australian Government Department of Social Services finalised (Action 18).

 

New actions

Key Achievements

  • Safe Homes, Safe Families training program developed for all Department of Education frontline staff, including LINC and TasTAFE (Action 19).

Future Milestones (1 January 2017 – 30 June 2018)

  • The Department of Education to finalise activity and incorporate family violence awareness training for frontline staff into the Department's White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program work plan (Action 19).
  • Risk assessments, safety planning and security upgrades available to support women experiencing family violence to stay safely in their own home, or a home of their choice (Action 20).
  • Targeted consultation to inform the development of a family violence practice guide (Action 21).
  • Family Violence Practice Guide released in June 2017 (Action 21).
  • Build the capacity of frontline services to support Aboriginal women and children affected by family violence (Action 22).