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Domestic and family violence reduction strategy

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:

  • prevention
  • early intervention
  • protection – safety for victims
  • rebuilding the lives of victims and survivors
  • perpetrators taking responsibility for their actions

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:

  • hospitals and community clinics
  • police
  • courts
  • child protection
  • housing
  • schools
  • correctional services
  • non-government organisations and local government

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:

  • The Domestic Violence Directorate to provide leadership and support
  • A centralised referral system – SupportLink – to identify victims and intervene early
  • The Family Safety Framework – to protect high risk victims from further harm
  • Specialised support services for victims and their children to protect and help victims rebuild their lives
  • A Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Framework
  • Indigenous men’s leadership grants that prevent, respond and speak out against violence towards women and children
  • Build the capacity of front line workers across the eight critical points of Intervention through improved information sharing and domestic violence training
  • Ensure all Northern Territory funded perpetrator programs are evidence based and comply with national standards
  • Review of all domestic and family violence legislation

Values and principles

  • Safety is a fundamental human right.  Everyone – regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, culture, disability, religious and spiritual belief or location – has a right to be safe and live in a society that is free from violence. 
  • The legal system, including courts and protective orders, should provide fair and just outcomes for all victims of family and domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Lasting attitudinal and behavioural change will come from men and women taking responsibility for their own actions, supported by effective partnerships between government agencies, non-government organisations and the community.
  • Leadership and a long-term commitment will drive change, in alignment with the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
  • Real change will come from respectful and healthy relationships and by helping victims to feel strong and take action.
  • Governments and other organisations will ensure the best use of resources by focussing on integrated, targeted services that meet the needs of victims and survivors of violence.
  • While men are also victims of domestic and family violence and sexual assault, this strategy acknowledges that it is primarily women and children who are victims and survivors.
  • Responses to domestic and family violence should be evidence-based, with ongoing monitoring and evaluation built into planning and implementation of programs.

Contacts

Domestic Violence Directorate (strategy and policy queries)
T: (08) 8935 7671
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.

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