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First or crisis response reform

Responsible government

  • 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.
    • 18 Improve access to and embed trauma-informed support for perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence to prevent reoffending and promote rehabilitation and treatment.
    • 20 Improve access to suitable and safe accommodation within their communities for women who have experienced domestic, family and sexual violence.

What are we doing?

The South Australian Government is embarking on an initiative to redesign the first or crisis response to women and their children to enable women to remain in their own homes; engage perpetrator support earlier; and provide support for children and young people in their own right.

What is next?

Development of the redesigned model is currently occurring.

This reform includes the introduction of perpetrator accommodation to remove perpetrators from the home rather than the victim. Currently there are nine beds in South Australian for perpetrators removed from their home and allowing women to stay safe in their own homes.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with Commonwealth National Partnership (the Partnership) funding, the Men’s Referral Service has been introduced in South Australia to provide men using domestic and family violence or concerned about their abusive behaviours with support to change via a 24-hour phone line. Local services Kornar Winmil Yunti and Community Transitions (Don’t Become That Man) have also been funded to provide direct local support to perpetrators of domestic and family violence to change their behaviours before coming into contact with the criminal justice system.

Additionally, under the Partnership funding South Australia is currently in the process of establishing the Safe and Secure Housing program which will support women and their children in crisis accommodation (hotel/motel clients) with case management support to transition from insecure housing, to secure housing by directly supporting women to transition to the private rental market and/or into community housing, where feasible to do so.

What difference will we make?

This initiative should result in:

  • A reduction in women and their children staying in motels and other crisis accommodation.
  • More women able to stay in their own homes.
  • Perpetrators are engaged with services and monitored by SAPOL and other relevant organisations.
  • Perpetrators can access crisis accommodation linked to service support.
  • Services are better able to respond to women and their children in a timely and coordinated fashion.
  • Children and young people are supported in their own right.

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