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Deliver Safe Choices

Responsible government

  • Tasmania

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 10 Implement community-led and tailored initiatives to address the unique experiences and needs of communities affected by multiple forms of discrimination or inequality.

What are we doing?

This action supports ongoing delivery of Safe Choices, a statewide non-crisis service that provides practical information and supports, advice and referrals to people experiencing family violence and those who want to leave violent relationships. Safe Choices can also be accessed by family and friends seeking information or support.

Safe Choices was established in 2016 to provide an alternative entry point to the service system, for people who did not want to engage with ‘traditional services’ – police, justice or counselling. Safe Choices is delivered through face-to-face services based out of Hobart, Burnie and Launceston in Tasmania; a statewide phoneline service and website.

What have we achieved so far?

Safe Homes, Families, Communities commenced implementation on 1 July 2019. Safe Choices is an ongoing initiative that commenced under the previous action plan, Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020. Safe Choices continues to provide support for those affected by family violence across the State.

In March 2020, the Tasmanian Government announced additional funding for Safe Choices to increase operational capacity over 12 months as part of the $2.7 million family violence package in response to COVID-19

In 2019-20 Safe Choices supported 643 new and returning clients who accessed the service.

What is next?

  • Ongoing delivery of Safe Choices service.

What difference will we make?

Safe Choices provides access to a non-crisis support for those affected by family violence, including those in, or wanting to leave, violent relationships.

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