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Strengthen the Safe Families Coordination Unit (SFCU)

Responsible government

  • Tasmania

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 19 Build the evidence base to inform responses to domestic, family and sexual violence by strengthening the focus on what works to reduce violence, improving data and supporting the Fourth Action Plan priorities.

What are we doing?

The Tasmanian Government established the Safe Families Coordination Unit (SFCU), bringing together government agencies in a statewide unit to provide timely responses to family violence. The SFCU has access to the best available information from across government, to ensure a collaborative approach that supports identified families at risk and holds perpetrators of family violence to account.

This action supports ongoing delivery of the SFCU to provide increased support to non-government schools and to support better data collection, building the evidence base for targeted responses to family and sexual violence in Tasmania. An additional Department of Education (DoE) Investigator will respond to the significant increase in school notifications and will provide greater support for students in nongovernment schools. A new Data Analyst will support better data collection and ensure Tasmania’s response to family violence remain evidence-based. The Data Analyst will also support an increased focus on sexual violence occurring in family violence.

What is next?

Safe Homes, Families, Communities actions commenced implementation on 1 July 2019.

What difference will we make?

The Tasmanian Government is committed to building on initiatives being delivered through individual portfolios to deliver a holistic response; supporting families affected by violence; and ensuring the service system is responsive, integrated and innovative.

Strengthening the SFCU will increase the ability for SFCU employees to use data to inform policies, programs and services going forward. It will also result in increased operational efficiencies and greater support for children in government and non-government schools and Child and Family Centres. The intended outcomes of this action include:

  • Strategic review of all reported family violence matters;
  • Identification of ‘high risk’ family violence cases;
  • Identification of key activities required to support victims and children affected by family violence; and
  • Coordination of resources to hold perpetrators to account.

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