Domestic and family violence reduction strategy

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Overview

The Northern Territory Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Reduction Strategy 2014-17: Safety is Everyone’s Right (pdf 264 kb) is a comprehensive approach to tackling domestic violence in our community.

The victim-focused, integrated strategy aims to create an improved and coordinated approach to reduce and prevent domestic and family violence.

The Strategy focuses on the rights of the victims and changing the violent behaviour of offenders.

Safety, a basic human right, is at the core of the approach.

The Strategy is jointly funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments, and highlights actions to achieve better service delivery, partnerships and sharing of information between agencies.

An integrated approach will see 11 Government departments and non-government organisations work closely together to deliver a localised and individual approach for victims of domestic and family violence.

The long-term commitment to reduce domestic and family violence is strengthened by increasing funding for support services.

The problem

More than 60% of assault offences in the Northern Territory are associated with domestic violence.

82% of domestic violence victims in the Northern Territory are women.

More than 70% of sentenced prisoners in the Northern Territory have one or more convictions of domestic violence-related offences.

Indigenous females in the Northern Territory are almost 22 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than non-Indigenous females.

Indigenous females represent 73% of domestic violence victims in the Northern Territory.

Five key areas for change

The strategy identifies five key action areas for change:

An integrated response

At the core of the Strategy is an integrated response by Government and non-government agencies to reduce the negative impacts of service fragmentation on vulnerable victims.

The Strategy will expand successful trials in Alice Springs of SupportLink and the Family Safety Framework and strengthen the role of non-government agencies to provide appropriate support and referrals for victims.

Resources will focus on eight key points of intervention between victims and frontline workers:

Key components

The strategy is supported by detailed action plans and a governance framework to ensure an integrated approach and accountability across agencies.

Some of the key actions include:

Values and principles

Resources

Contacts

Domestic Violence Directorate (strategy and policy queries)
T: (08) 8935 7825
E: SafetyEveryOnesRight@nt.gov.au

If you witness or experience domestic or family violence phone Police on 131 444 or if it is an emergency phone 000.