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The safety and protection of victims and their children lies at the heart of It Stops Here: Standing Together to End Domestic and Family Violence, the NSW Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform.
Safer Pathway proposes a fundamental change in how agencies and organisations support victim’s safety in NSW. Through Safer Pathway, the right services are provided to victims when they need them, in a coordinated way.
The key components of Safer Pathway build on the existing service response. These are:
Safer Pathway fact sheet (PDF)
There are five main reference documents to support implementation of Safer Pathway. These resources will help service providers better understand how the new approach will work, help them comply with their legal obligations, and build victims’ confidence in the response they will receive.
Tackling domestic and family violence is a serious and complex issue that requires careful consideration of service design and a robust change management process.
Because Safer Pathway proposes a fundamental change to the response to domestic and family violence in NSW, implementation will be carefully monitored to ensure the new model achieves intended objectives and positive outcomes for victims, before broader state-wide rollout to 48 locations.
Safer Pathway was initially implemented in Orange and Waverley in September 2014. This means that although information sharing under Part 13A of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 and the Information Sharing Protocol apply state-wide, other elements of Safer Pathway, such as the Central Referral Point, Local Coordination Points and Safety Action Meetings will not be available state-wide until new sites commence.
Where service providers outside of the Safer Pathway sites make referrals for victims and share information under the Protocol, they may use existing referral pathways to relevant services that will support the victim.
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