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Reform the service system model for women experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence in remote communities

Responsible government

  • Northern Territory

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
    • 8 Develop innovative and alternative models for victim and perpetrator support that contribute to safe healing and sustainable behaviour change.
  • 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.
    • 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 Northern Territory Government has committed $29.4 million from 2018-19 to 2020-21 for initiatives under Action Plan 1: Changing Attitudes, Intervening Earlier and Responding Better (2018- 2021) of the Northern Territory’s Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018- 2028: Safe, respected and free from violence. This investment includes reviews of services and the service system responding to domestic, family and sexual violence across the Northern Territory, and the implementation of recommendations arising from the reviews.

What have we achieved so far?

In 2018-19, the Northern Territory Government commissioned independent consultants to conduct domestic and family violence service reviews in Katherine and Tennant Creek and domestic and family violence service and system reviews in the Barkly and Big Rivers regions of the Northern Territory. Recommendations to improve service coordination and delivery and integration of services in remote and regional areas for Aboriginal women, children and men, arising from the reviews, are currently being considered for implementation.

The Northern Territory Government has established Regional Coordinator roles in Katherine and Tennant Creek to drive this reform. The Regional Coordinator role in Katherine has been filled and work is underway to recruit the Regional Coordinator in Tennant Creek.

What is next?

  • Implementation of agreed findings from service and system reviews has commenced.
  • The Northern Territory Government is in the process of commissioning a review of domestic, family and sexual violence services – funded by the Territory – in the Greater Darwin Region.

What difference will we make?

  • People experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence are protected and helped to recover and thrive.
  • Enable a connected, coordinated and collaborative response that puts the client at the centre.

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