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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2507 ..


Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation

Companion House

UnitingCare Kippax

The Smith Family

Therapeutic Services - support vulnerable and in need children, young people and their families. A primary outcome from professional therapeutic services is addressing significant issues that impact on individuals and family relationships, including domestic and family violence.


Relationships Australia

YWCA Canberra

Other services

Safe and Connected Youth works with young people under the age of 16 and their families to provide a therapeutic program to reduce family conflict and reduce the risk of youth homelessness.

b) As noted in the above table, services respond to the needs of individuals and families as they present. This includes support to children and young people through a direct service response or by referring to more appropriate services.

2) The ACT Government is continuing to identify and improve appropriate supports for those in the community impacted by domestic and family violence, including long-term responses. Some recent examples include:

The ACT Government has announced $10.7 million over four years as part of the 2021-22 budget, to improve responses to family safety. This includes investment for a range of pilot initiatives to test and provide an effective, decisive, and evidence-based approach to addressing domestic and family violence in a way that works for families such as;

the Family Violence Safety Action Pilot (FVSAP) provides intensive case management for victim-survivors where there is a high risk of serious harm. The FVSAP identifies, assesses, and supports families across the ACT, without the need for a judicial or police response. The service has a focus on perpetrator accountability and supporting victim-survivors in high-risk situations. It takes referrals from multiple agencies and organisations and triggers a collaborative, integrated, and comprehensive response for the whole family, including the perpetrator. Families receive intensive case management and case coordination and receive support as long as is needed to appropriately reduce the risk to the family;

the Safer Families Collaboration Pilot, where Domestic Violence Crisis Services Liaison Officers (DVCS) work alongside Child and Youth Protection (CYPS) staff to provide case consultation and support CYPS staff on case management activities where domestic and family violence is a key risk. Such case management is critical in providing long-term support to people impacted by domestic and family violence, particularly children and young people.

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