Support Tasmanian Aboriginal communities with targeted primary prevention, early intervention and service delivery
Fourth Action Plan actions
- Primary prevention is key
- 4 Address intergenerational trauma for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through primary prevention, including holistic healing strategies, and by strengthening connections to culture, language, knowledge and identity.
- Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
- 6 Value and engage the expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men, communities and organisations to lead in the creation and implementation of community-led solutions to build and manage change.
- 9 Address both the immediate impacts and deep underlying drivers of family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through collective action with governments, service providers and communities.
What are we doing?
The Tasmanian Government will work with Tasmanian Aboriginal communities to support delivery of primary prevention, early intervention and improved service delivery for Aboriginal people affected by family and sexual violence. This action aligns with the Closing the Gap Refresh, which recognises that in order to effect real change, governments must work collaboratively and in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Support Tasmanian Aboriginal communities to deliver targeted primary prevention and early intervention programs and to improve service delivery for Aboriginal people affected by family and sexual violence is an action under Safe Homes, Families, Communities: Tasmania’s action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022 (Safe Homes, Families, Communities), which invests $26 million over three years from 2019-20 to 2021-22 to prevent and respond to family and sexual violence in Tasmania.
What is next?
Under this initiative, the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC) will deliver the Bark Hut primary prevention and early intervention program in the South.
The Bark Hut project will engage Aboriginal community members in the building of a Tasmanian Aboriginal Bark Hut. The activity will explore the purpose a home serves, what makes a safe home, what values are required to create a safe space and culture of respect for all family members. Through engaging in this activity, issues impacting family violence in the Aboriginal context will be explored and deconstructed.
The project delivery aligns with Our Watch’s Changing the Picture, the national framework for the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.
What difference will we make?
The intended outcomes of this action include:
- Tasmanian Aboriginal communities are empowered to implement primary prevention activities;
- Tasmanian Aboriginal communities are engaged to provide advice and responses to improve service delivery of Aboriginal people affected by family and sexual violence;
- Tasmanian Aboriginal community organisations are better able to increase awareness of the drivers of family violence and services/supports for people affected by family violence; and
- Increased cultural competency of service providers to deliver services to Aboriginal people affected by family violence.