Safe Homes, Safe Families: the next steps

L-R – Roger, Yazmyn, Kimberley, Kaylee, Izzi and Scott Rankin

Roger and the Premier announce that a re-elected Hodgman majority Liberal Government will provide $1.95 million to further boost Tasmania’s “nation-leading” Family Violence Action Plan.

One of the key initiatives is funding of $150,000 each year for 3 years to deliver Project O – a family violence primary prevention project to drive generational and attitudinal change by backing young women to become change-makers in their community on the North-West Coast.

This project will provide workshops on mentoring, leadership and empowerment to at-risk young women and will be delivered by the award-winning BIGHART.

Since the Liberal Government committed $26 million in 2015 to Tasmania’s first comprehensive Family Violence Action Plan there has been a significant increase in the reporting of family violence to Tasmania Police.

This has resulted in increased demand on services, including historical and complex family violence cases that require more intensive interventions, resulting in the need for further immediate investment.

A re-elected Hodgman majority Liberal Government will provide $750,000 per year for the next 2 years to provide:

  • Increased resources for the flagship Safe at Home Co-ordination Unit to address a significant increase in demand;
  • An additional Safe at Home Police Prosecutor;
  • Additional staffing and extended hours for the Family Violence Counselling and Support Service;
  • Employment of an additional Safe at Home legal practitioner in the North-West; and
  • Employment of an additional Court Support and Liaison Officer in Southern Tasmania.

The new Hobart Women’s Shelter, to be opened shortly, will expand capacity by 30 per cent and under the Tasmanian Family Violence Action Plan a pool of 50 homes are now available through the Rapid Rehousing program.

A re-elected Hodgman majority Liberal Government will also create a new offence of “persistent family violence’’ to address the issue of lengthy periods of abuse and the difficulty for some victims to recall specific details of each individual offence.

The Courts will be given the power to declare repeat offenders as persistent family violence offenders which would then have wide ranging implications regarding future bail or parole, holding a firearms licence, a requirement to undertake certain programs or therapy while in custody and abiding by certain supervision conditions while in the community.

The Hodgman Liberal Government has tackled the issue of family violence head-on and this additional investment of $1.95 million will further strengthen successful programs that are making Tasmanian homes and families safer.

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