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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 $22 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. 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 provided funding to independent consultants to conduct service and system reviews in the Barkly and Big Rivers region 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.

What is next?

  • Implementation of agreed findings from service and system reviews to commence in 2019–20.

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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