17 May 2016
Minister for Women's Policy
Safety is everyone’s right and it starts at home – a fact demonstrated by the Country Liberals Government’s commitment to a further $6.77 million in funding to boost its family and domestic violence reduction strategy.
Entitled Safety is Everyone's Right, the Country Liberals Government campaign has reduced domestic violence assault offences across the Territory by 9 per cent since its inception in 2014.
The Budget 2016 funding includes $6.07 million to fund the third year of the Strategy and an additional $700,000 to continue selected aspects of the Alice Springs Integrated Response, including the Men's Behaviour Change Program.
Women’s Policy Minister Bess Price said the Safety is Everyone's Right strategy comprised five key areas for action to reduce domestic and family violence.
“The pivotal pillars of the Safety is Everyone's Right strategy are prevention, early intervention, protection and safety for victims, rebuilding the lives of victim-survivors and accountability and positive change for perpetrators,” Minister Price said.
Minister Bess Price said the Government’s domestic violence strategy was aimed at making a real difference to victims’ lives and to prevent deaths.
“Everyone has a role to play in bringing about real change to ensure that our women and children do not grow up to be perpetrators or victims of violence,” she said.
“Otherwise the impacts on families and the broader community - now and into the future - will be terribly damaging.”
Minister Price said the rollout of the Safety is Everyone's Right strategy has enabled the implementation of the Family Safety Framework, an action-based integrated service response to individuals and families who are at risk of homicide or further serious harm.
To date, approximately 90 per cent of victims have not been re-referred, indicating a significant reduction in their risk of further serious harm or homicide.
The Family Safety Framework is already well established in Alice Springs, and is now also operational in Darwin, Katherine, Yuendumu, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy.
The framework focuses on sharing information across core government and non-government agencies to protect high risk victims and their children.
Specialist Indigenous Critical Intervention Outreach Services have now been established in Alice Springs, Darwin, Tennant Creek and Katherine.
The services are delivered in 16 indigenous communities and 29 town camps and aim to reduce the incidence and impact of domestic and family violence and strengthen the capacity of indigenous individuals, families and communities to improve their own wellbeing and safety.
To date, 97 agencies across the Northern Territory are signed up to receive electronic referrals through SupportLink, including at least 33 specialist domestic violence services.
The strategy has also seen the introduction of the only men's behaviour program in the Northern Territory that identifies women and children's safety as the core priority of the program and engages directly with victims to ensure their safety.
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