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

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.