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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 2 August 2018) . . Page.. 2645 ..

operations. Prior to the time Mr Milligan indicated, we had six or more outlaw motorcycle gangs operating in the ACT. We had the Finks in the early days, and the Golden Eagles; we had Hell’s Angels and a number of other gangs. It does fluctuate over time. But the answer to Mr Milligan’s question is competition, unfortunately.

Members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: There is too much general interjection. Please all be quiet.

MR HANSON: Have police had to put other criminal investigations on the backburner because they have so many resources devoted to the investigation of crimes by members of outlaw motorcycle gangs?

MR GENTLEMAN: Clearly, from my reading of the actions in court today, that is not the case.

Domestic and family violence—family safety hub

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence: can you please provide the Assembly with an update on the family safety hub?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Pettersson for his question. I have been updating the Assembly regularly around the issue of family safety and the prevention of domestic and family violence in our community. In June this year I presented the Assembly with the annual safer families statement in which I spoke about the family safety hub. I am keen to continue to update the Assembly on the progress of this work as often as I can because I know that there is genuine interest across the chamber in how this work proceeds and the positive impact it will ultimately have on our community.

The hub was officially launched on 11 May this year. The family safety hub was co-designed with the community services sector and with people who have lived experience of domestic and family violence. Their insights told us that a lot of people and communities who experience violence do not recognise it as violence. Power and control particularly are not recognised as violence by victims, perpetrators or the system. We learnt that people are offered generic pathways that do not always meet their needs or aspirations. For example, some people are afraid to access services and they want a non-legal response that does not involve police or child protection.

The insights gathered through the co-design have prompted this government to think differently about the role for the hub in the ACT. It was evident that we did not need a new service with a shiny front door in order to improve access; what was needed was a broad range of systemic reforms requiring a new way of working. The co-design highlighted that collaboration is needed to design and test solutions to systemic problems.

The family safety hub is a network for collaborating on better responses to domestic and family violence and brings together people with expertise to help find and test new solutions. It will then run a series of innovation challenges to identify solutions.

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