Safety hubs 2.9
Potential safety hub models and locations have been considered in consultation with women’s and community services across the state and through feedback from the Chief Executives Group. Safety hub models will be dependent on a range of in situ criteria, such as the strength of partnerships and stakeholder relationships, and the availability of services and resources. Safety hubs will provide a single point of contact for women and their children. This will ensure they can access the supports they need, and that interventions and responses are appropriate. Models may therefore range from early intervention to safety first and crisis responses. Opportunities will also be explored to integrate domestic and family violence services with child protection services. For example, the co-location of child wellbeing practitioners at safety hubs. This will enable the timely provision of integrated service delivery to families experiencing domestic and family violence while also addressing child protection concerns.
What have we achieved
The State Government has committed to nine hubs across South Australia's regions, and has also delivered funding for the Port Augusta Aboriginal Women's safety hub, the Haven at Murray Bridge, Berri safety hub, Mount Barker and Gawler, and will roll out service models at Berri, Whyalla and Limestone Coast. The Murray Bridge facility was opened in March with Mount Barker and Gawler next scheduled to open.
What is next
The Whyalla and Limestone Coast service response hubs will be delivered through Centacare Country SA and Limestone Coast DV service partners in 2020–21, along with the completed Port Augusta service and information model. The final two locations will also be investigated.
What difference will we make
Safety hubs will provide a single point of contact for women and their children to ensure they can access the supports they need, and that interventions and responses are appropriate. They will also improve access for regional communities.