Notice of Motion – “Support a Friend” Campaign
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
24 May, 2016

Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

 (1)         On 15 May, a new national campaign was launched to help Australians recognise the signs of intimate partner violence and how best to support someone experiencing it.

(2)         Domestic violence campaigners, 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty and Geelong AFL premiership player Jimmy Bartel, joined forces to launch 1800RESPECT’s ‘Support a Friend’ campaign, which provides a practical list of do’s and don’ts when supporting someone experiencing family violence.

(3)         The campaign features video and information resources, which provide practical advice to family and friends about how to talk to and safely support, someone who may be experiencing violence, including sexual assault.

(4)         The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to bringing family violence out from behind closed doors, holding perpetrators to account and focussing on prevention and early intervention.

(5)         Under Safe Homes, Safe Families, Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan an extra $26 million has been committed to address family violence in Tasmania on top of existing funding.

6)         Another major piece of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s $26 million Family Violence Action Plan is now in place, with CatholicCare selected to deliver the Safe Choices Statewide Service.

 (7)         The $2 million Safe Choices Service will deliver early intervention and prevention support to anyone affected by family violence, including those who want to exit violent relationships.

(8)         The wrap-around support model means all services are personalised, including case coordination, information, advice, and referrals.

(9)         Safe Choices will be available through an interactive website, email or by phone, and face-to-face support will also be provided by new support workers through CatholicCare.