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Resources to support service providers

 

There are five main reference documents to support implementation of It Stops Here Safer Pathway.

These resources are intended to help service providers better understand how the new approach will work, help them comply with their legal obligations, and consequently, build victims’ confidence in the service response they will receive.

It Stops Here Safer Pathway Overview provides an overview of the NSW Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform, including It Stops Here Safer Pathway and a summary of its key components, including the Central Referral Point, Local Coordination Points, Safety Action Meetings and information sharing legislation.

Domestic Violence Information Sharing Protocol explains information sharing under Part 13A of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007. It sets out the procedures for service providers to share information, including consent and referral practices, and outlines their information management obligations. It also outlines procedures for access and amendment of information, the management of complaints, and the compliance framework.

Safety Action Meeting manual is a guide for Safety Action Meeting members. It outlines the purpose and operations of Safety Action Meetings as a key element of Safer Pathway, the roles and responsibilities of members and the development of Safety Action Plans.

Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool Guide assists service providers to apply the threat assessment tool and to use their professional judgement to identify the level of threat to victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence and Child Protection Guidelines clarify the link between the domestic violence and the child protection systems in terms of information sharing. The Guidelines will help service providers to navigate those systems when dealing with cases of domestic violence where children are present in the family home.

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