Safe Homes, Safe Families

Safe Homes, Safe Families is the Tasmanian Government’s coordinated whole‑of‑government action plan to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of those affected by family violence, particularly women and children.

Safe Homes, Safe Families builds on the Government’s existing services and programs such as Safe at Home - the Tasmanian Government's integrated criminal justice response to family violence.

Safe Homes, Safe Families is contributing to better outcomes for children and young peoplein Tasmania who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, family violence.

Five of the actions being delivered under Safe Homes, Safe Families are directly aimed at meeting the needs of children and young people:

Changing the attitudes and behaviours that lead to family violence

  • Action 2: Develop and deliver a respectful relationships education program in all Tasmanian Government schools; and
  • Action 3: Take a lead role in supporting the national campaign to reduce violence against women and their children.

Better supporting children and young people who have experienced family violence

  • Action 6: Support children affected by family violence in government schools and Child and Family Centres;
  • Action 7: Support children affected by family violence in non-government schools; and
  • Action 8: Extended counselling services for children and young people experiencing family violence.

The Safe Homes, Safe Families First implementation plan (for the period of August 2015 to December 2016) guides the delivery of these actions, outlining the short-term milestones for each action planned.  The implementation of Safe Homes, Safe Families will continue to be flexible so the Tasmanian Government can respond to emerging priorities and new evidence such as that provided by the Commissioner’s Report.

The second Safe Homes, Safe Families Implementation Plan will be released in early 2017 and will provide the foundation for the Tasmanian Government’s future response to family violence, taking into account the framework and evidence base provided in the Commissioner’s Report.

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