Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home, and to live with dignity and respect. A standard of living that promotes wellbeing includes a home that is emotionally safe.

 

“Living free from violence is everyone’s right. Taking action to prevent it is everyone’s responsibility.”

(Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020)

 

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family…”. Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Helping Family and Friends

If you know or suspect someone is affected by family violence it can be hard to know how to help.
You can find some really helpful tips here.

When helping, remember these key points:

  1. LISTEN
  2. TAKE CONCERNS SERIOUSLY
  3. HELP EXPLORE OPTIONS

Safe at Home

Safe at Home is the State Government program tackling family violence.

You can find more information about the program and services here.

Family-Violence-Action-PlanAccording to Tasmania’s Family Violence Act 2004 (No. 67 of 2004), family violence means –

any of the following types of conduct committed by a person, directly or indirectly, against that person’s spouse or partner:

1. assault, including sexual assault;

2. threats, coercion, intimidation or verbal abuse;

3. abduction;

4. stalking within the meaning of section 192 of the Criminal Code;

5. attempting or threatening to commit conduct referred to in subparagraph (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv);

or any of the following:

1. economic abuse;

2. emotional abuse or intimidation;

3. contravening an external family violence order, an interim FVO, an FVO or a PFVO.

Regardless of factors such as culture, age, and gender, family violence is illegal and unacceptable in our community. If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, it is important to take it seriously and seek help.

If it is an emergency and someone is being hurt – Call 000.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, call the 24 hr Family Violence Response and Referral Line – 1800 633 937

For more information about what you can do, call the Family Violence Counselling and Support Service – 1800 608 122

Child Safety Service protects children and young people at risk of abuse.

Call 1800 000 123

Find out more at Child Safety Services Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services

Facing Up to It (FUTI)

FUTI is a project to tackle family violence that started in Clarence Plains in 2000. It is working to bring to light the issue of family violence in the community by building people’s confidence and skills to talk about the issue and respond when someone they know is a victim. The program empowers people to act as “First Contact Person” for people experiencing family violence.

You can get involved in FUTI by:

  • Doing FUTI’s First Contact Person Training
  • Attending First Contact Person Network meetings

You can contact the FUTI Project Support Worker on 6247 1230.

The following Centres can be also be contacted about the FUTI project:

  • Clarence Plains Child and Family Centre – 6246 6444
  • Clarence Council Youth Centre – 6247 1230
  • Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre – 6247 6778
  • Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre – 6247 8163

Family Violence Law Help

Family Violence Law Help has free, easy to understand information about:

  • domestic and family violence
  • family law
  • child protection law
  • Family Violence and Restraint Orders, and
  • where to get help

The website can be translated into different languages and has useful factsheets that can be downloaded or printed.

Family Advocacy and Support Service

Tasmania Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS) provide free legal and social support to people affected by domestic and family violence.

eSafety Women

Information about online safety for women experiencing family violence. The eSafety Women initiative of the Office of the eSafety Commissioner forms part of the Australian Government’s Women’s Safety Package to Stop the Violence.

White Ribbon

There is an increasing spotlight being put on family violence at a national level. The White Ribbon campaign is an important one supporting change, with a vision that women live safely from men’s violence. Find out more about White Ribbon here.

Mission Australia

Mission Australia provide information and resources about domestic and family violence through their online portal. Find out more here.