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Type: Report
Title: Family safety framework : final evaluation report
Authors: Marshall, Jayne
Hudson, Nina
Ziersch, Emma
Keywords: Policy;Risk assessment;Interagency work
Year: 2008
Publisher: South Australian Attorney General’s Department
Notes:  "November 2008"
General Overview:In 2007 and 2008, South Australian (SA) trialled its Family Safety Strategy:(FSF) which aimed to improve interagency coordination and responses to identified high risk domestic and family violence cases. This report comprises the final evaluation of the Strategy.

Discussion:The FSF, which emerged from the SA Government’s Women’s Safety Strategy:, comprised an agreement across departments and agencies to develop shared understandings of, and consistent and integrated responses to, domestic and family violence. Key agencies involved included: the South Australian Police; Departments of Education and Children’s Services, Families and Communities, Correctional Services and Health; the Attorney General’s Department; and domestic violence NGOs. The key mechanism of the FSF was the Family Safety Meeting (FSM), which prioritised ‘Positive Action Planning’ for high-risk victims. The Strategy’s key aims and objectives included: the provision of coordinated, appropriate and consistent responses across government and non-government agencies; improved safety outcomes for women and children; and improved responses to perpetrators.

The evaluation report conducted by the Office for Crime Statistics and Research provides an overview of the FSF, including protocols for information sharing, the common risk assessment tool employed by agencies and the purpose and operation of FSMs. The findings of the evaluation in relation to meetings and referrals, referring agencies, feedback from victims and stakeholders, strengths and positive outcomes, challenges and the achievement of stated goals are presented.

Overall, the evaluation concludes that the FSF was successful in meetings its aims. However, a key area in which it was unsuccessful was increasing the accountability of perpetrators. The report suggests that this aim was not met due to limited options for dealing with men who use violence. In light of the findings, the report recommends that the FSF be continued and rolled-out across SA, with specific consideration given to a range of factors relating to high-level information sharing and interagency coordination, training for staff involved in implementing the FSF, clear definitions of roles and objectives and mechanisms to enhance perpetrator accountability.
Physical description: 66 p.
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