Establishing safety hubs in South Australia
- South Australia
Fourth Action Plan actions
- Improve support and service system responses
- 17 Collaborate across services, sectors and workforces to ensure responses to women affected by domestic, family and sexual violence are coordinated, meet women’s needs, avoid women having to retell their story and promote their recovery.
What are we doing?
The South Australian Government has committed to establishing safety hubs across the state. They are designed as a single point of contact for women and their children to ensure they can access the support they need, and that interventions and responses are appropriate for the community.
What have we achieved so far?
Safety hubs have already been established in five regional areas and range from crisis response to information and referral models. A further two hubs have been established through the National Partnership on COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Responses.
What is next?
Opportunities to integrate domestic and family violence services with child protection services are still being explored, such as the co-location of child wellbeing practitioners at safety hubs, to enable the timely provision of integrated service delivery to families experiencing domestic and family violence while also addressing child protection concerns.
The South Australian Government is currently in the process of establishing a further three hubs for delivery in 2022 through the National Partnership on COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Responses.
What difference will we make?
Safety hubs provide a single point of contact for women and their children to ensure they can access the support they need, and that interventions and responses are appropriate, resulting in models that may range from early intervention to safety-first and crisis responses.