Safe Homes, Families, Communities: Tasmania's action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022

Safe Homes, Families, Communities is the Tasmanian Government’s, coordinated, whole-of-government action plan to respond to family and sexual violence.

Safe Homes, Families, Communities represents the next stage of the Government’s long-term commitment to preventing and responding to family violence, and the new response to sexual violence.

Safe Homes, Families, Communities invests $26 million over three years for 40 actions to prevent and respond to family and sexual violence in Tasmania under three priority areas:

  • Primary prevention and early intervention
  • Response and recovery
  • Strengthening the service system

Priorities for new actions were identified through the comprehensive, cross-agency, Family Violence Service System Review undertaken in 2018-19, which included stakeholder and community consultation.

Actions to address sexual violence were informed by comprehensive research; examination of the existing service system in Tasmania; analysis of best-practice systems operating in other jurisdictions; and targeted consultation with key stakeholders.

Safe Homes, Families, Communities is implemented through a coordinated and collaborative effort between Tasmanian Government agencies, non-government and community partners.

Together, we can create a Tasmania free from family and sexual violence.

Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP

Image of Jacqui Petrusma MPMinister for the Prevention of Family Violence

The Minister is the spokesperson for Safe Homes, Families, Communities and leads Tasmania’s response to preventing and eliminating family and sexual violence.

The Minister represents Tasmania on the National Federation Reform Council Women’s Safety Taskforce which provides a forum for member governments to drive national progress in reducing violence against women and their children.

The Council oversees implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

The Minister convenes the Family and Sexual Violence Community Consultative Committee.

The Safe Homes, Families, Communities governance structure supports the Tasmanian Government’s response to family and sexual violence and implementation of actions.

Under Safe Homes, Families, Communities, we continue to deliver actions through a coordinated and collaborative effort between government agencies, with our non-government partners.

Diagram showing the governance structure

In October 2020, the established governance structure for Safe Homes, Families, Communities was expanded to include governance of Strong Families Safe Kids and the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy under the new title of the Children, Young People and Families Safety and Wellbeing Governance Framework. There has been no change to the structure of the Cabinet Committee, Steering Committee or Cross Agency Working Group.

A separate Consultative Group has been established in relation to Strong Families Safe Kids and the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. The Family and Sexual Violence Consultative Group continues to advise on matters related to Safe Homes, Families, Communities.

All Ministers with responsibility for actions under Safe Homes, Families, Communities are members of the Family and Sexual Violence Cabinet Committee.

Hon Peter Gutwein MP

Premier

Hon Jacqui Petrusma MP

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP

Minister for Health

Minister for Community Services and Development

Hon Sarah Courtney MP

Minister for Education

Minister for Children and Youth

Hon Roger Jaensch MP

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Hon Michael Ferguson MP

Minister for Housing

Hon Elise Archer MP

Attorney General

Minister for Justice

Minister for Corrections

The Family and Sexual Violence Consultative Group (FSVCG) is comprised of representatives from key government and non-government family and sexual violence services, as well as services representing key cohorts, including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people, people in rural and remote communities, children and young people, older people, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) and men.

The role of FSVCG is to:

  • Provide expert advice to inform Tasmanian Government responses to family and sexual violence issues
  • Provide feedback on Tasmanian Government policies, programs, services and initiatives that address and prevent and respond to family and sexual violence
  • Support the sharing of information between the Tasmanian Government and the community sector
  • Support the collaborative delivery of Safe Homes, Families, Communities and the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022 in Tasmania

The FSVCG is chaired by the Deputy Secretary, Standards and Performance, Communities Tasmania.

Safe at Home is Tasmania’s whole-of-government, integrated criminal justice response to family violence administered by the Department of Justice. It involves a range of services working together to protect and support adult victim-survivors and their children, while holding perpetrators accountable for their behaviour.

Safe at Home services include:

  • Family Violence Counselling and Support Service
  • Tasmania Police Family Violence Units
  • Court Support and Liaison Service
  • Defendant Health Liaison Service

For more information visit www.safeathome.tas.gov.au

The Tasmanian Government is a signatory to the Council of Australian Governments' National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 - 2022 (the National Plan), which brings together the efforts of all Australian governments to make a real and sustained reduction in the levels of violence against women.

The National Plan is being delivered through four, three year Action Plans:

Key achievements of the National Plan to date include the establishment of: