The Safer Families package announced in the 2016-17 ACT Budget is the largest action to address family violence across government and community organisations in Canberra’s history. The package is delivering more services in new ways, bringing family violence out of the shadows and ensuring those experiencing it get the help and support they need.
The Safer Families package supports the implementation of the commitments made in the ACT Government Response to Family Violence. Released in June 2016, the ACT Government Response to Family Violence detailed 38 separate commitments across the whole of the ACT.
The 2017-18 Budget allocated an additional $2.2 million over four years to Safer Families initiatives, announced in the 2016-17 Budget, to help address family violence. This brings the total Safer Families package for the 2017-18 Budget to $23.5 million over four years.
The ACT Government introduced a Safer Families Levy on 1 July 2016 as part of 2016-17 Budget. The $30 per year levy is applied to all residential and rural properties. The levy funds $19.4 million of the $23.5 million investment in safer families initiatives.
Family violence has negative consequences for all of us. It violates the human rights of those affected, reduces access to housing and employment, impairs children’s health and development and is costly to our economy and our community.
Family violence is not just physical violence. One of the primary forms of violence is the use of power and control. Violence can include economic, financial and emotional abuse as well as physical violence.
One third of Australian women have experienced violence by someone who is known to them. The top health risk factor to Australian women aged between 18 and 44 is intimate partner violence.
Family violence is a widespread social problem that affects our entire society and does not discriminate on the basis of age, income levels, educational levels, or culture.
The Safer Families package is the largest action to address family violence across government and community organisations in Canberra’s history. The package is delivering more services in new ways, bringing family violence out of the shadows and ensuring those experiencing it get the help and support they need.
The Office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety is working with community sector agencies and service providers to co‑design a Family Safety Hub.
The Glanfield Inquiry, the Death Review and the Gap Analysis all made findings about the critical importance of services working together to provide an effective response to family violence. The ACT Government Response committed co-designing a Family Safety Hub.
In recognition of the importance of service integration and the need for a focal point in the ACT service system for family violence response, the ACT Government will establish a Family Safety Hub. The Hub will facilitate the integration of services across government and the community sector to address family violence.
Do you need help?
Contact a family violence or sexual assault service on the numbers, below:
Domestic Violence Crisis Service (24 hours): (02) 6280 0900
Canberra Rape Crisis Centre: (02) 6247 2525
National Sexual Assault and Family Violence Counselling Service (24 hours): 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
Do you want to help a family member or friend?
Visit the What can you do? website to find out how you can help a family member or friend who may be experiencing domestic or family violence.