Domestic, family and sexual violence reduction

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Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018-2028

The Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018-2028 represents our ten year strategy to reduce domestic, family and sexual violence. It builds on the achievements of the Northern Territory Government’s previous domestic and family violence strategy –Safety is Everyone’s Right. This new framework – Safe, Respected and Free from Violence – reflects our combined efforts, knowledge and ideas to reduce violence and work together to achieve safer homes, communities, workplaces and schools.

Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018-2028 PDF (2.8 MB)

Action Plan 1

Action Plan 1: Changing Attitudes, Intervening Earlier and Responding Better (2018-2021) focuses on the first phase of implementation and describes how government will implement actions under five key outcomes:

  • Domestic, family and sexual violence is prevented and not tolerated;
  • Territorians at risk of experiencing violence are identified early and provided with effective interventions;
  • People experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence are protected and helped to recover and thrive;
  • Perpetrators are held accountable and connected early to responses that change their behaviours and reduce violence;
  • Legislation, policy and funding models enable a responsive, high quality and accountable domestic, family and sexual violence service system.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework

As a priority under Action Plan 1, Territory Families is developing the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework.

Consultations for the Framework included meetings with over 50 specialist domestic and family violence services and networks, specialist sexual violence service providers and representatives from Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. A discussion paper and survey was also released for public consultation, feedback and suggestions to inform the development of the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework. 

Warning: The discussion paper contains detailed descriptions and definitions of sexual violence including sexual violence experienced by children. 

Sharing and Strengthening our Practice Conference 2019

On 9 and 10 May 2019, over 170 people from over 40 government and non-government organisations, who work in and with the domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV) sector across the Northern Territory came together for the inaugural biennial Sharing and Strengthening Our Practice Conference (the conference) in Darwin.

The two day conference provided a space for delegates to share and reflect on practice learnings, innovative approaches and how frontline workers, service deliverers and policy makers can support a responsive and high quality service system to reduce the impacts and incidences of DFSV.

Outcomes from the Conference, including feedback from delegates and presenters, are outlined in the Outcomes Report.

We received permission from the following presenters to publish their conference presentations:

Cross Agency Working Group

The implementation of the Northern Territory’s Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Framework 2018-2028: Safe, Respected and Free from Violence is being overseen by a Cross Agency Working Group (CAWG). The CAWG will drive collaboration, engagement, information sharing and problem resolution as Territory Families and its partner organisations implement Action Plan 1: Changing Attitudes, Intervening Earlier and Responding Better (2018-2021) PDF (2.7 MB).

Membership PDF (273.6 KB) of the group includes Northern Territory government representatives, non-government representatives, and representatives from Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisation peaks.

The CAWG meets bi-monthly and releases a communique after each meeting.

Last updated: 27 December 2019

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