Review of the Family Safety Framework 2016-17

Review of the Family Safety Framework 2016-17: Summary of findings and recommendations

The Family Safety Framework (FSF) project was introduced in Alice Springs in July 2012 as part of the Alice Springs Integrated Response to Family and Domestic Violence Project.  The FSF is an action-based, integrated service response to individuals and families experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV) who are at high risk of serious injury or death.  Following the success of the FSF in Alice Springs, it was established in Katherine (April 2015), Darwin (May 2015), Tennant Creek (May 2015), Yuendumu (October 2015) and Nhulunbuy (January 2016).

This FSF is a co-ordinated effort between key agencies. It is currently led by the NT Police through its Domestic Violence Prevention Unit in partnership with:

  • Territory Families
  • Department of the Attorney-General & Justice  (including NT Correctional Services)
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Department of Health (Public Hospitals and other health services)
  • Commonwealth Department of Human Services (Centrelink)
  • Women’s Shelter & Outreach Services
  • Local Service Providers

Further operational information on the FSF can be located on the NT Police website.

Territory Families has now finalised the first review that incorporates all FSF locations in the Northern Territory.  The review incorporates feedback from Territory-wide consultations that were conducted progressively from July 2016 through to March 2017 across the six FSF sites.

The findings and recommendations from the review have informed the development of the new Northern Territory Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018-2028 Safe, respected and free from violence (the Framework) that was launched on 4 December 2017. The Framework identifies five key outcomes areas for immediate action.  One of the priority actions for early intervention is to broaden the reach and participation of the FSF.

NT Police and Territory Families have accepted the recommendations and will collaborate with the lead agencies identified to develop a detailed plan and coordinate an implementation plan.

Last updated: 22 December 2017