Multidisciplinary Centres

Bringing together family and sexual violence support services and specialist police investigators under the one roof.

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. It has allocated $15.1 million over two years to pilot a new service delivery model that will provide victim-survivors with integrated, trauma-informed support.

What is a ‘multidisciplinary centre’?

Multidisciplinary centres provide therapeutic care and support to victim-survivors of family and sexual violence. They will be warm and welcoming places where the needs and choices of victim-survivors are heard and their choices the priority.

They will also provide seamless access to specialist police investigators if a victim-survivor of sexual harm chooses to pursue a criminal justice outcome.

Two centres are being developed initially, one in the north and one in the south, and are due to commence during the first half of 2023. They will be fitted out with the latest technology that supports staff and enhances service delivery, including for police as they work to hold perpetrators to account.

What are the benefits of co-locating therapeutic and police services?

Co-location will remove some of the barriers and challenges victim-survivors face when navigating different services and systems. Benefits will include:

  • minimising the system-imposed trauma of having to recount the details of a lived experience;
  • providing a supportive environment to report sexual violence (including if a person chooses not to make a formal complaint) which may prevent further offences occurring;
  • providing a supportive environment for evidence to be preserved which will keep options available to a victim-survivor in the future; and
  • fostering stronger relationships between centre staff which will enhance the coordinated delivery of trauma-informed, holistic responses.

Consultation

The centres are being developed in consultation with advocates, victim-survivors and partners to ensure their voices are heard.

Find out more

To keep up to date with the development of the centres, email mdc@dpfem.tas.gov.au and subscribe to our newsletter. We will send updates direct to your inbox. Our previous newsletters are available below.

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> Download Issue 2 – September 2022 newsletter

> Download Issue 3 – November 2022 newsletter

Tasmania’s new 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 efforts to achieve the 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 the 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.