Will Hodgman, Premier
Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services
Safe Choices Provider Announced
18 May, 2016

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.

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.

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

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.

Assessment Workers will review and respond to all enquiries, and a Case Worker will be allocated when it is assessed that a person needs more intensive support.

Premier Will Hodgman said addressing family violence is a top priority for the Tasmanian Government.

“This announcement is a major milestone in our state’s pledge to bring family violence out from behind closed doors, and our commitment to prevention and early intervention,” he said.

Safe Choices will give Tasmanians greater support to break the cycle, and live a life free from violence.

“It is another major piece of our Government’s Action Plan and will complement existing government and non-government support services.

“It will complement the work of the Safe Families Coordination Unit, which will be fully operational next month.”

The Minister for Human Services and Minister for Women, Jacquie Petrusma said Safe Choices will be delivered face-to-face in each region by 2018 in an accessible setting that is readily identifiable, safe and welcoming.

“The trial phase of Safe Choices will commence in Southern Tasmania in June this year, before a staged state-wide rollout of the service.

Safe Choices will provide a coordinated response to address acts of family violence, and I would like to thank the community sector for their continued support to end family violence.”

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, call the Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937 or visit www.1800respect.org.au. In an emergency, always call 000.