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The Victims Support Agency receive all police referrals relating to male victims

Recommendation:
181
Status:
Implemented

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Justice and Community Safety

The Victims Support Agency continue to receive all police referrals (L17 forms) relating to male victims, including after the establishment of the Support and Safety Hubs. The agency and all other relevant support services should develop joint arrangements to ensure that male victims of family violence are supported in obtaining the help they need.

  • As part of our approach, this recommendation is being delivered in alignment with the design and implementation of the Support and Safety Hubs (recommendation 37), consistent with the intention of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

    The Department of Justice and Community Safety is also addressing this recommendation by further strengthening its response to male victim survivors of family violence.

    Our work on this recommendation involves:

    • undertaking data and workflow analysis of police referrals relating to male victim survivors of family violence
    • considering the impact of Support and Safety Hubs on existing referral process and demand
    • consulting with stakeholders regarding the needs of users and service delivery, and identifying gaps if any
    • reviewing current arrangements with providers and update if necessary
  • Consultations have been undertaken with government and non-government stakeholders to better understand where there are gaps in services or barriers to accessing services. This information has informed a review of current arrangements with providers to ensure male victims of family violence are supported in obtaining the help they need.

    Referral protocols and memoranda of understanding have been reviewed and updated to reflect this.

  • This recommendation is implemented.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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