$15.1 million for new Multidisciplinary Centres to provide victim-survivors with immediate and integrated support

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

$15.1 million for new Multidisciplinary Centres to provide victim-survivors with immediate and integrated support

29 April 2022

Ensuring victim-survivors of family and sexual violence receive immediate and integrated support in a safe place is a top priority for the Tasmanian Liberal Government.

This is why we will provide $15.1 million over two years to pilot Multidisciplinary Centres in the north and south of the state that offer immediate, wrap around support and safety services to adult and child victim-survivors.

Multidisciplinary Centres are a proven model in other jurisdictions both nationally and internationally, as they provide a best practice response.

They will also be the most significant change to how we respond to family and sexual violence since we came to government in 2014.

This is a landmark outcome for victim-survivors who will be at the centre of this new support model.

Multidisciplinary centres are not like reporting to a police station, and these new facilities will provide a warm and welcoming environment where victim-survivors especially in crisis, can access appropriate family or sexual violence counselling services and other related supports immediately.

Then, when they are ready, victim-survivors can also formally report to a specialist police investigator on site.

Importantly, these new Centres will recognise the intersection between sexual and family violence, by expanding the capabilities and resourcing of the Safe Families Coordination Unit to include sexual violence more broadly, including child sexual violence, thereby creating a multi-agency response and intelligence hub.

This will enable more effective working relationships between agencies, for both sexual and family violence.

These Centres are about providing a best-practice sexual and family violence response that puts victim-survivors at the heart, empowering and supporting victim-survivors to come forward and seek the support they need in a safe place.

Funding will be included in this year’s Budget, with planning work on this important initiative already commenced, and is being developed in conjunction with our Government’s third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan.

Our new Action Plan will further refine and target our efforts, to achieve our goal that every Tasmanian is able to live free from violence.

The Hearing Lived Experience Survey 2022 is now open, to help inform the new Action Plan. The Survey will build on our ground-breaking 2018 Survey by including victim-survivors’ lived experience of sexual violence in addition to family violence.

All Tasmanians are encouraged to participate in the Hearing Lived Experience Survey, which is anonymous and is available at www.safefromviolence.tas.gov.au.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, please call the Family Violence Response and Referral Line 24/7 on 1800 633 937.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual violence, please call the state-wide Sexual Assault Crisis Line 24/7 on 1800 697 877.

In an emergency, always call 000.

Volunteer recruitment underway for the new Sorell Emergency Services Hub

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Volunteer recruitment underway for the new Sorell Emergency Services Hub

2 April 2022

A recruitment drive has commenced in Sorell today to attract new TFS and SES volunteers to resource our new Sorell Emergency Services Hub as part of the Government’s plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

Construction on the new purpose-built hub began last month, with this $12 million project due for completion early next year.

This state-of-the-art facility will house Tasmania Police and volunteer members of the Tasmania Fire Service and the State Emergency Service in one central location, providing a valued 24/7 emergency response to the greater Sorell community.

This exciting development represents the first hub of its kind in Tasmania, through accommodating these three key emergency services all within a shared purpose-built complex.

Importantly, this new venture will not replace existing TFS stations and SES units in nearby areas but will enhance the existing emergency response capability to meet the needs of this growing region of Southeast Tasmania.

Both the TFS and SES are looking for new volunteers who live or work in Sorell and its surrounds, providing the exciting opportunity for people to gain new skills and experiences, become a member of a positive and proud team, contribute to the safety of their local community and develop new friendships with likeminded people.

I encourage anyone who might be interested in becoming a TFS or SES volunteer at Sorell to please contact the recruitment team at sorell.hub@dpfem.tas.gov.au

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2022

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2022

1 April 2022

Now in its third year, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) plays a very important part in raising awareness and providing information on sexual assault. I want to congratulate Jill Maxwell, CEO of the Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS), for bringing SAAM to Tasmania.

This month is about raising awareness, opening up conversations and breaking down barriers so that everyone in our community can help put an end to sexual violence.

While we are seeing a shift in views, we need to keep building on this momentum by opening dialogue in our workplaces, in our schools, in social settings, at home, in the community and online.

I was pleased to launch the Tasmanian Government’s Hearing Lived Experience Survey in February at SASS, to hear and learn from the stories of family and sexual violence victim-survivors.

The Survey is currently receiving great uptake from people around Tasmania who are bravely sharing their own stories to help us shape our next Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan.

Another important part of the consultation process is inviting public written submissions which open today, and information on how to make a submission is available on the Safe from Violence website

Individuals, organisations, policy makers and community groups are invited to provide feedback on potential initiatives to prevent family and sexual violence, support victim-survivors and hold perpetrators to account.

We are also seeking feedback on our current Action Plan, Safe Homes, Families and Communities: Tasmania’s action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022.

Submissions will be open from 1 April 2022 to 10 February 2023, and if you would like your feedback to be considered in the development of our next Action Plan, please submit by 30 April 2022.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month gives everyone in the community the opportunity to play a part in helping to put an end to sexual violence, and I encourage interested workplaces and community organisations to register and take part.

The main day of action for SAAM is Wear Teal Tuesday on Tuesday 26 April, where you can pop on a teal ribbon, hold a morning tea, and talk about how you can help make a difference.  You can register at www.sass.org.au

I encourage all Tasmanians to participate in the activities held across April to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month and help achieve our vision of a Tasmania free from sexual violence.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, please call the Family Violence Response and Referral Line 24/7 on 1800 633 937.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual violence, please call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis Line 24/7 on 1800 697 877.

The Hearing Lived Experience Survey can be accessed at: https://www.safefromviolence.tas.gov.au/resources-hub/news-and-announcements/news/public-submissions-open-third-family-and-sexual-violence-action-plan-consultation