The Family Safety Framework was established by the South Australian Government to enable various government and non-government agencies to share information and work together towards meeting the needs of families experiencing domestic violence and who are at high risk of serious injury or death.
Participating agencies include, for example:
- Victim Support Service
- Women's Domestic Violence Services
- South Australia Police
- the Department for Child Protection
- Housing SA
- Drug and Alcohol Services SA
Key elements of the framework include:
- Common risk assessment
- Protocol for sharing information
- Referral to family safety meetings
- Ongoing monitoring and evaluation
The worker referring a case to a family safety meeting will seek the consent of the victim, where it is safe to do so. However, even if the victim refuses to provide consent the case may still go to a family safety meeting. If this is the case, the referring worker must notify the other participating agencies at the meeting that the victim refused to provide consent and the reasons why. If there is a risk of serious injury or death, action may still be taken following the meeting to minimise the risk and increase the victim's safety.
More information about the Family Safety Framework is available from the Office for Women website.
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