International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 November 2021

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I was pleased to table Responding and Reporting 2021, the Annual Report for Safe Homes, Families Communities: Tasmania’s action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022, which highlights our key achievements for 2020-21.

Eliminating family and sexual violence is a top priority for our Government and we are strongly committed to preventing and responding to violence in Tasmania.

The Annual Report highlights the positive outcomes of the Government’s second Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan, which is making a real difference in the lives of Tasmanians including:

  • The implementation of the Our Watch Workplace Equality and Respect Standards across all Government departments, which sets goals in our workplaces to address gender inequality and to prevent violence against women;
  • The publication of new resources on the Safe from Violence website, including a non-physical violence campaign, fact sheets and audio recordings in 10 community languages;
  • The delivery of a new statewide program providing early intervention therapeutic services for children and young people exhibiting harmful sexual behaviours;
  • The development and delivery of training initiatives, including the Family Violence: Assessing Risk to Safety training package for the Child Safety Service and the Family and Sexual Violence and Emergency Events training module; and
  • Our commitment of $2.4 million to continue Project Vigilance which is our highly successful national award-winning trial of electronic monitoring of high-risk family violence perpetrators in Tasmania, so as to reduce the incidence and impact of family violence in the State.

This Government has a strong track record of implementing initiatives to address the problem of family and sexual violence. Since 2015 when we launched our first Family Violence Action Plan, the Tasmanian Liberal Government has invested an additional $61.3 million in specific family and sexual violence responses, including the delivery of the 40 actions under our second Action Plan, Safe Homes, Families, Communities.

This investment is in addition to the $19 million in direct and $59 million in indirect funding invested annually in government services that prevent and respond to family and sexual violence.

There is always more work to be done, and we have begun the process of developing our third Action Plan to prevent and respond to family and sexual violence in our community.

This new Plan will build on our successes, and further refine and target our efforts, towards the goal that every Tasmanian is able to live free from violence.

Formal consultation on the new Plan will commence early next year with key stakeholders and victim-survivors  involved in that process, including our 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, who is a victim-survivor herself. Tasmania’s third Plan will be finalised by July 2022. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge victim-survivors for their courage, and to thank both non-government and government services, and their dedicated workforce, who work every day to prevent and respond to family and sexual violence and to hold perpetrators to account.

Project Vigilance recognised nationally

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management and Minister for Prevention of Family Violence

Project Vigilance recognised nationally

23 November 2021

Tasmania Police’s Project Vigilance has received a Silver Award in the police-led category of the 2021 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.

The awards recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia, and play a vital role in highlighting effective community-based initiatives.

Project Vigilance was a highly successful trial of electronic monitoring of high-risk family violence perpetrators in Tasmania, in a bid to reduce the incidence and impact of family violence in the State.

The joint trial between Tasmania Police and the Department of Justice demonstrated:

o    76% decrease of high-risk incidents;
o    75% reduction of assaults;
o    81% reduction of threats;
o    74% reduction in property damage;
o    100% decrease in reports of stalking; and
o    80% of offenders did not re-offend in 6 months following the removal of the electronic monitoring device.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has committed $2.4 million to continue and expand the scope of electronic monitoring of family violence offenders.

The success of Project Vigilance is a clear demonstration of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s strong commitment to keeping Tasmanians safe.

Protecting victims of family violence

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

Protecting victims of family violence

10 November 2021

A report identifying the very successful outcomes of Tasmania’s trial of electronic monitoring of family violence perpetrators, Project Vigilance, has been tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament today.

The Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management (DPFEM) commissioned the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) to undertake a series of evaluations of the implementation of Project Vigilance.

The report makes a number of recommendations, including that the electronic monitoring of family violence offenders continues and that the program be expanded to include medium risk offenders.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has committed $2.4 million to continue and expand the scope of electronic monitoring of family violence offenders.

This follows a successful joint trial between Tasmania Police and the Department of Justice which demonstrated:

o    76% decrease of high-risk incidents;
o    75% reduction of assaults; 
o    81% reduction of threats; 
o    74% reduction in property damage;
o    100% decrease in reports of stalking; and
o    80% of offenders did not re-offend in 6 months following the removal of the electronic monitoring device.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to eliminating family violence, which is why we have committed $2.4 million to maintain electronic monitoring of high risk family violence offenders.