This week the Territory Labor Government launched two major policy initiatives to significantly reform the way domestic, family and sexual violence is identified, responded to and managed.
The two policies deliver on actions under the NT Government’s DFSV Reduction Framework 2018-2028: Safe, respected and free from violence.
One of the new policies is the NT Domestic and Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework (RAMF), which provides information and resources for support services and workers to identify, assess and respond to DFV risk, and to increase the accountability of people who commit domestic and family violence.
To support our workforce the Common Risk Assessment Tool has been established; an evidence-based tool used to assess the risk of domestic violence harm and death.
Implementing the RAMF Territory wide, the NT Government is providing free tailored training in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy and Alice Springs.
The second policy announcement is the NT Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Workforce and Sector Development Plan (WSDP), which sets out the long-term goals and priority actions to strengthen and support the DFSV workforce and sector.
Under the WSDP, the Territory Government is establishing a centralised structure for developing, delivering and coordinating locally relevant, sustainable and accessible DFSV training options that meet the professional development needs of workers across the Northern Territory.
To view the RAMF and WDSP, go to territoryfamilies.nt.gov.au
Quotes from the Minister for Territory Families and Urban Housing, Kate Worden:
“The Territory Labor Government has made significant investments into DFSV programs, including undertaking a multi-million dollar overhaul of the Alice Springs Local Court to provide specialist infrastructure for victims.
“Domestic, family and sexual violence affects the whole community. It is only through a united effort from governments, communities and individuals that we can reduce its impact and prevalence.
“We are implementing our ten year Domestic, Family and Sexual violence framework. We want a workforce that is effective, evidence-based, safe, and reflective of the diversity of the communities in which we work.
“This Government is working towards specialist services that are sustainable, culturally secure, accountable, leaders of good practice, and which value, develop and support their workers.
“There is always more work to be done, however we are building on the significant and strategic reforms we have already put in place and working with you, our partners, as we work towards our shared vision – that Territorians are safe, respected and free from violence.”