Develop a family and sexual violence website
Fourth Action Plan actions
- Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
- 11 Deliver policies and services to address the disproportionate impact of violence on particular groups.
- 12 Better equip the service system and communities to address complex forms of violence and harmful cultural practices including early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting, dowry abuse and human trafficking.
What are we doing?
- Develop a family and sexual violence website is an action under Safe Homes, Families, Communities: Tasmania’s action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022 (Safe Homes, Families, Communities), which invests $26 million over three years from 2019-20 to 2021-22 to prevent and respond to family and sexual violence in Tasmania.
What have we achieved so far?
Safe Homes, Families, Communities commenced implementation on 1 July 2019.
On 16 June 2020, the Tasmanian Government launched the Safe from Violence website, Tasmania’s central point of information for family and sexual violence (www.safefromviolence.tas.gov.au).
Government agencies and community stakeholders contributed to the development of the website.
Safe from Violence provides clear and targeted information, online resources and links about family and sexual violence for a range of audiences including victim-survivors, perpetrators, family and friends, children and young people, service providers and the wider community.
Safe from Violence has a ‘Resources’ section which includes a series of Family and Sexual Violence and COVID-19 Fact Sheets, resources, links to the latest COVID-19 advice and where to seek specialist help.
In July, a series of fact sheets in five community languages were uploaded to Safe from Violence, providing information for those experiencing violence and for those using violence in Arabic, Karen, Nepali, Oromo and Tigrinya.
What is next?
Ongoing promotion and maintenance of website and its resources.
In 2020-21 a priority will be updating Responding to family violence: A guide for service providers and practitioners.
What difference will we make?
By developing a family and sexual violence website, the Tasmanian community will have increased awareness of family violence and its underlying drivers, family violence services and contact information, and pathways to seeking support (criminal and non-criminal pathways).
The family and sexual violence website will be a mechanism for building information and messaging across service providers and the broader community and will provide a central, online resource for service providers, which will help address loss of knowledge through staff turnover and support workforce development and capacity building through training information and opportunities.