Page 2363 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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has begun with a whole lot of engagement with services and the users of those services to understand the true needs of families who have been experiencing violence. This has included many discussions and workshops and a series of insights and walkthroughs to feed back what we have heard or identified as key issues and feedback. These insights will directly inform the design of the hub.

A number of groups who face particular barriers have been prioritised. They include: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families; culturally and linguistically diverse women and families; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities; women with a disability; and young women with lived experience of violence in their families.

My office will soon be inviting all members in this place to a further series of walkthroughs in the coming weeks. I hope that everybody will be able to participate in these sessions as it gives a very good illustration of how complex it is to solve this issue in our community and the work the co-ordinator-general, Jo Wood, is doing in the development and co-design of the safety hub.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, how are you engaging with stakeholders and interested parties, and who are they?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Pettersson for the supplementary. A core design team comprising government and non-government members, including specialist family violence services and people with lived experience, are driving the design and the development of the hub. The team brings a depth of expertise and experience in different relevant areas. In addition, a critical friends network, including representatives of services who work with priority cohorts, is providing input towards the design of the hub.

Over 50 front-line workers, including workers from across family violence, legal, health and children’s and other community services, provide an input through interviews and focus groups during the consultation phase of the hub’s co-design. Twenty people with lived experience of domestic and family violence have also been interviewed during the consultation phase, including women who have experienced violence and men who have used violence.

These important consultations are directly contributing to the design of the hub and will result in real change for our community in how we respond to this issue into the future.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, how will this new hub benefit our community?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cheyne for the supplementary question. The aim of the family safety hub is to link existing support services in the ACT to ensure that Canberrans receive seamless, integrated and holistic support when it matters most.

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