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 Peter Gutwein MP

Image of Peter Gutwein, Premier of Tasmania

Premier

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

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

The Premier also Chairs the Family and Sexual Violence Committee of Cabinet and the Family and Sexual Violence Consultative Group.


Hon Sarah Courtney MP

Image of Sarah Courtney - Minister for Women, TasmaniaMinister for Women

The Minister for Women represents Tasmania on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Women’s Safety Council 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 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

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
Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence
Hon Sarah Courtney MP
Minister for Women
Minister for Health
Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP
Minister for Education and Training
Hon Mark Shelton MP
Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management
Hon Elise Archer MP
Attorney General
Minister for Justice
Minister for Corrections
Hon Roger Jaensch MP
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Human Services
Minister for Housing

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 Hon Sarah Courtney MP, Minister for Women

Safe at Home is Tasmania’s award winning, 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: