CatholicCare Tasmania will provide early intervention and prevention support to people affected by domestic violence after it was selected to deliver a $2 million Safe Choices Service.
Part of the government’s $26 million family violence action plan, the service will deliver personalised support, case coordination, advice and referrals.
CatholicCare Executive Director Tim Gourlay said support would be available through an interactive website, email, phone or at CatholicCare offices. Each inquiry is set to be reviewed by an assessment worker, with a case worker allocated if a person is assessed as needing intensive support. Mr Gourlay said seven new employees would be hired as part of the program.
The statewide program will initially be rolled out in Hobart, with face-to-face services in the North and North-West to follow by 2018.
CatholicCare, formerly known as Centacare, has offices in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.
Premier Will Hodgman said the new service was an important step as the government worked with the community sector to tackle domestic violence. “This announcement is a major milestone in our state’s pledge to bring family violence out from behind closed doors, and our commitment to prevention and early intervention,” he said. “Safe Choices will give Tasmanians greater support to break the cycle, and live a life free from violence. It will complement the work of the Safe Families Coordination Unit, which will be fully operational next month.”
Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma said Safe Choices would provide a coordinated approach to address acts of family violence.
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