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Safer Pathway reference documents

The safety and protection of victims and their children lies at the heart of It Stops Here: Standing Together to End Domestic and Family Violence, the NSW Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform.

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.

There are 5 main reference documents to support implementation of Safer Pathway.

These resources will help service providers better understand how this approach works and also comply with their legal obligations as well as build a victim's confidence in the response they will receive.

  1. Safer Pathway Overview provides an overview of the NSW Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform, including Safer Pathway and a summary of its key components, including the Central Referral Point, Local Coordination Points, Safety Action Meetings and information sharing legislation.
  2. 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 service providers must follow to share information, including consent and referral practices, and their information management obligations. It also outlines procedures for accessing and amending information, how to manage  complaints, and the compliance framework.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 navigate these systems when dealing with cases of domestic violence where children are present in the family home.
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