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Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework

Responsible government

  • Northern Territory

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
    • 13 Prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment before it happens through national and targeted initiatives that promote informed consent, bodily autonomy and respectful relationships.
  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 16 Enable workforces to provide trauma-informed support with a focus on safety and recovery to victims and survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence.
    • 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 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 the development and implementation of the Northern Territory Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework.

The Northern Territory Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework will, for the first time, set out the NT Government’s progress and priorities for action to guide future efforts in responding to sexual violence.

What have we achieved so far?

From January to August 2019, over 50 consultations were conducted across Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy with Aboriginal women and men within government; Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations; specialist sexual assault government and non-government agencies; and specialist domestic and family violence service providers and networks. A public online consultation was also held through the Northern Territory Government’s ‘Have Your Say’ website, which received 32 responses and submissions.

These consultations provided a better understanding of approaches to appropriately engage with Aboriginal communities, and priority areas for action for the framework.

What is next?

  • The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework will be released in 2019–20.
  • Implementation of initiatives under the framework will commence in 2020.

What difference will we make?

  • Domestic, family and sexual violence is prevented and not tolerated.
  • Territorians at risk of experiencing violence are identified early and provided with effective interventions.
  • Development and implementation of policies that challenge rigid gender roles, gender inequality, sexism and discrimination.

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