If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence and need urgent assistance phone police on Triple Zero (000).
- To report a non-urgent incident of family violence, call the Tasmania Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or attend your local police station to make a report. People with hearing impairments can call TTY 106.
- You may also call the Family Violence Counselling Support Service on 1800 608 122 (if you do not wish to report the matter to police in the first instance) for advice, support and counselling.
- If you require further support and assistance, click this link and follow the information for Tasmania: https://familyviolencelaw.gov.au/get-help/
What is Family Violence
Family violence means any of the following types of conduct committed by a person, directly or indirectly, against that person’s spouse or partner (this also includes ex-spouse or ex-partner):
- Assault, including sexual assault
- Threats, coercion, intimidation or verbal abuse
- Attempting or threatening any of the above
- Economic abuse
- Emotional abuse or intimidation
- Breaching an existing order, and
- Any damage caused by person to any property owned by a spouse or partner or affected child
Police Response to Family Violence
The Family Violence Act, 2004 provides police with the authority to intervene in family violence incidents. Tasmania Police applies a pro-intervention policy in relation to family violence, holding perpetrators of family violence to account for their actions. In appropriate cases, police may also issue a Police Family Violence Order or make application to a Court for a Family Violence Order. Orders are made to increase the safety of victims.
A major focus of the Safe at Home initiative is to support adult and child victims to enable them to remain in or quickly return to their own home in safety wherever possible.
Family Violence Units (FVU)
Police officers throughout the State have received specialist family violence training to provide an enhanced service to victims of family violence.
In addition, each of the three police geographical districts has a dedicated Family Violence Unit. Members of these teams are able to provide a range of services to support victims in crisis situations and improve their safety. Family Violence Units were moved under the command of Detective Inspectors in charge of Criminal Investigation Units in the three geographical commands in March 2017 in order to reinforce the whole of government criminal justice response to family violence.
Safe at Home
Safe at Home is an integrated whole-of-government criminal justice response and intervention system to family violence that aims to:
- Improve the safety and security for adult and child victims of family violence in the short and long term;
- Ensure that offenders are held accountable for family violence as a public crime and change their offending behaviour;
- Reduce the incidence and severity of family violence in the longer term; and
- Minimise the negative impacts of contact with the criminal justice system on adult and child victims.
The initiative is intended to achieve a reduction in the level of family violence in the medium to long term and, in the shorter term, improve safety for adult and child victims as well as changing the offending behaviour of those responsible for the violence.
The Safe at Home program is overarched by the Family Violence Act 2004 (the Act). The paramount considerations in the administration of the Act are the safety, psychological wellbeing and interests of people affected by family violence.
Safe at Home is founded on the principle of ‘primacy of safety of the victim’ and police provide a pro-intervention response. A major focus of the Safe at Home initiative is to support adult and child victims to enable them to remain in or quickly return to their own home in safety wherever possible.
Under this program, police have expanded responsibility and legislative powers for the provision of victim safety and management of risk and safety issues for people affected by family violence.
Further information is available on the Safe at Home website at https://www.safeathome.tas.gov.au/
Safe Homes, Safe Families
Living free from violence is everyone’s right. Taking action to prevent it is everyone’s responsibility.
Safe Home, Safe Families is the Tasmanian Government’s new, coordinated, whole-of-government action plan to respond to family violence.
Further information is available on the Safe Homes, Safe Families website at www.dpac.tas.gov.au/safehomessafefamilies
Tasmania Police Response to Family Violence committed by police officers
If you wish to report an incidence of family violence involving a police officer, and you do not feel comfortable making a report via the Police Assistance Line or at a local police station, you can make a report through Professional Standards on (03) 6173 2158 or complete a Statement of Complaint and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on the response to family violence incidents involving police can be found in the Tasmania Police Manual, available on the Routine Disclosure page of this website at: https://www.police.tas.gov.au/information-disclosure/routine-information-disclosures/