Multidisciplinary Centres

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Providing victim-survivors of family and sexual violence with integrated, victim-focussed support.

Violence against anyone, in any form, is unacceptable, but the harm caused by family and sexual violence is particularly devastating.

The Tasmanian Government is committed to eliminating family and sexual violence and has announced $15.1 million over two years to pilot a new multidisciplinary centre model to provide victim-survivors of family and sexual violence with integrated, victim-focussed support.

The centres recognise the intersection between sexual and family violence, and will transform the way agencies and critical support services work together to empower and support victim-survivors to come forward and seek support in a safe place.

What is a ‘multidisciplinary centre’?

Multidisciplinary centres are service hubs designed to provide wrap-around support to victim-survivors of family and sexual violence by bringing a range of family and sexual violence support and counselling services together under the one roof.

The two centres – one in the north and one in the south of the state – will deliver family and sexual violence support and counselling services, as well as provide specialist police investigators, and training and specialist equipment to ensure that victim-survivor needs are prioritised.

Co-locating services means that service providers can foster stronger relationships to deliver trauma-informed holistic responses that are focused on the needs of individual victim-survivors, while at the same time holding perpetrators to account.

What are the benefits to having services together in one multidisciplinary centre’?

Co-locating services in a multidisciplinary centre provides the opportunity to remove some of the barriers and challenges victim-survivors face when navigating the different systems.

The centres will provide a place where victim-survivors feel safe, secure and comfortable, and enable them to seek support.

Benefits include:

  • minimising the system-imposed trauma for victim-survivors in recounting the details of their lived experience to multiple service providers on multiple occasions
  • recognition of the need for a supportive environment where victim-survivors feel and are safe
  • the opportunity to report sexual violence – even in instances where a victim-survivor does not wish to make a formal complaint – to allow evidence to be preserved and potentially prevent further offences from occurring
  • access to training and specialist equipment.

What facilities will the centres have?

The centres will feature state of the art technology throughout interview, court and case management facilities, as well as therapeutic support rooms.

Over coming months, consultation and stakeholder engagement activities will continue to ensure that the design and development of the centres reflect best practice and prioritise victim choice.

Consultation

Providing co-located, victim-centric responses to sexual violence will improve victim-survivor experiences and strengthen criminal justice outcomes, and we want to work closely with victim-survivors to ensure their voice is heard.

The centres are being developed in consultation with advocates, victim-survivors, and partners to ensure the needs of victim-survivors are prioritised.

Engagement with key stakeholders is now commencing to deliver the first pilot centre early next year.

Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan and the Hearing Lived Experience Survey 2022

The third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan aims to further refine and target our efforts to achieve our goal that every Tasmanian is able to live free from violence and is currently under review.

The Hearing Lived Experience Survey 2022 is now open and will inform the development of the Action Plan. The Survey will build on our ground-breaking 2018 survey by including victim-survivors’ lived experience of sexual violence in addition to family violence.

All Tasmanians are encouraged to participate in the Hearing Lived Experience Survey, which is anonymous and is available at www.safefromviolence.tas.gov.au.

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 state-wide Sexual Assault Crisis Line 24/7 on 1800 697 877.

In an emergency, always call 000.

Find out more

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