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It Stops Here Safer Pathway

Safer Pathway reflects a shared commitment to the safety of victims of domestic and family violence through multi-agency collaboration, integrated service provision and information sharing. Through Safer Pathway, the right services are provided to victims when they need them, in a coordinated way.

Led by the Victims Services, Department of Justice in partnership with NSW Police and Legal Aid NSW, Safer Pathway includes five key components: 

  • a Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) to better and consistently identify the level of domestic violence threat to victims,
  • a Central Referral Point (CRP) to electronically manage and monitor referrals,
  • a state-wide network of Local Coordination Points (LCP) that facilitate local responses and provide victims with case coordination and support,
  • Safety Action Meetings (SAM) in which members develop safety action plans for victims at serious threat of death, disability or injury as a result of domestic and family violence, and
  • information sharing legislation that allows service providers to share information about victims and perpetrators so that victims do not have to retell their story multiple times, to hold perpetrators accountable and to promote an integrated response for victims at serious threat.

Each of the elements work together to provide holistic wrap around support to address the immediate safety needs of victims, and allow service providers to develop Safety Action Plans to address, prevent and lessen serious threats to victims of domestic violence and their children. 

Under Safer Pathway, frontline service provision and case coordination is performed by Local Coordination Points. Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (WDVCAS), overseen by Legal Aid NSW, are hosting the LCPs for female victims. Local Support Services (LSS), contracted by Victims Services, act as LCPs to provide localised support to male victims.

As of 1 March 2018, Safer Pathway operates at the following 43 sites: Albury, Armidale, Bankstown, Blacktown, Bourke, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Far South Coast, Griffith, Hunter Valley, Illawarra, Lismore, Liverpool, Mt Druitt, Newcastle, Newtown, Northern Beaches, Nowra, Orange, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, St George, Tamworth, Taree, Tweed Heads, Wagga Wagga, Waverley, Wollongong, Wyong, Bathurst, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Gosford, Goulburn, Moree, Sutherland, Toronto and Walgett.

It is planned that Safer Pathway will be rolled out to 48 sites statewide by 2018-2019. 

For more information on Safer Pathway click here or if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic and family violence click here to be linked with information about services which can help you.

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Brief overview

In summary, Safer Pathway seeks to:

  • identify victims early and provide an immediate service response,
  • wrap support services around victims to build safety and reduce the potential for death, disability or injury as a result of domestic violence,
  • encourage the use of a common threat assessment tool to manage threats collaboratively,
  • establish a single, streamlined referral pathway for all victims of domestic violence,
  • provide a seamless service system response and local case coordination to address domestic violence threats and enable victims' recovery, and
  • address serious threats to the life, health or safety of victims, any children or other persons through a multi-agency response.