Four more locations for Safer Pathway helping victims of domestic violence
Victims of family and domestic violence will now have the benefit of the Safer Pathway Program in Bankstown, Broken Hill, Parramatta and Tweed Heads.
Safer Pathway was launched in Orange and Waverly in September last year, as part of the NSW Government's 'It Stops Here' domestic and family violence reforms. The Program better identifies the level of threat to victims, tailors response to specific need and ensures a coordinated multi-agency effort so no one gets lost in the system.
Safer Pathway provides better support by 'wrapping services around' victims of domestic violence with streamlined referral, standardised threat assessment, case coordination and Safety Action Meetings. It addresses the high levels of underreporting of domestic violence by providing a consistent and proactive response when a victim does reach out or come into contact with service providers.
How does Safer Pathway work
- When a police officer attends a domestic violence incident or comes into contact with a person who may be a victim of domestic violence, a Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool is used to identify the level of threat.
- A person found to be at threat or at serious threat, will be immediately referred to the Central Referral Point that electronically manages and monitors referrals, and then on to a Local Coordination Point.
- The Local Coordination Point will contact the victim within 24 business hours of receiving the referral and offer case coordination to victims and referrals to local domestic violence specialist and other services. These Local Coordination Points are hosted by the Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services for female victims, and by Victims Services NSW is currently providing a response for male victims.
- Victims who are identified to be at serious threat will additionally have their cases referred to Safety Action Meetings to ensure coordinated action to improve their safety. Meetings are held fortnightly and attended by a wide range of government and non-government health, welfare, justice and other service providers, who develop and implement individually tailored Safety Action Plans to prevent or reduce the serious threat to victims.