The state government has released a new 'live' framework for coordinating efforts to improve safety of women and children in domestic violence (DV) situations.
'Committed to Safety: A Framework for Addressing Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence' will include aiding consistent delivery of services statewide, increasing the DV hotline to 24-hours, providing a protection app linking to police, 40 new crisis accommodation beds and recognising strangulation as a stand alone offence.
Executive officer at Yarredi services Sharyn Potts said some important things have already come out of new funding including a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme pilot program.
"There is a part-time worker based here in Port Lincoln (at Yarredi) for this program," she said.
"There has been a very positive ‘uptake’ of this program with many people already accessing information about their partner’s DV history…This enables them to make informed decisions about their relationship, and is already proving effective.
"More innovative initiatives include the Personal Protection App which provides ‘real time’ safety responses; and the introduction of legislation regarding the use of strangulation as a stand-alone offence in recognition of this as an indicator of high risk.
"Pet bonds also have the potential to assist women who might otherwise not be able to move on.
"These are only some of the initiatives under the new policy directions which come to mind as having the potential to make a real difference to this significant issue, and it is important that it is considered a ‘living’ document to enable flexible responses to issues."
Assistant minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Carolyn Power said feedback from a series of regional and metropolitan roundtables hosted by the Liberal Government had helped shape the new framework.
“Domestic and family violence is everybody’s business," she said.
"It can no longer be ignored; and whilst we work to address the impact of domestic and family violence, our ultimate goal is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
“Preventing domestic and family violence from occurring in the first place ultimately saves lives.”
To view the framework, visit officeforwomen.sa.gov.au/womens-policy/womens-safety/committed-to-safety