Safer Pathway proposes a fundamental change in how agencies and organisations support victim’s safety in NSW. Through Safer Pathway, the right services are provided to victims when they need them, in a coordinated way.
The key components of Safer Pathway build on the existing service response. These are:
- a Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) to better and consistently identify the level of domestic violence threat to victims
- a Central Referral Point to electronically manage and monitor referrals
- a state-wide network of Local Coordination Points that facilitate local responses and provide victims with case coordination and support. Safer Pathway is operational in 48 sites:
|Central Sydney||Port Macquarie|
|Far South Coast||Tamworth|
- Safety Action Meetings in which members develop plans for victims at serious threat of death, disability or injury as a result of domestic and family violence
- 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 promote an integrated response for victims at serious threat.
Safer Pathway Resources:
- Safer Pathway Fact sheet (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - General
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Service Providers
- NSW Department of Justice Victims Services Central Referral Point Data Report 2017-18
Safer Pathway Evaluation
ARTD was commissioned to undertake an independent evaluation of the Safer Pathway program. The evaluation investigated where Safer Pathway is working, for whom and under what circumstances. The ARTD Safer Pathway Evaluation Report contains findings on Safer Pathway’s overall implementation, as well as findings and recommendations on key components of Safer Pathway, which include identification, threat assessment, referral and case coordination of victims of domestic and family violence. Also included is the response to the evaluation report.