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Response Pillar 3: Justice - Legislative, Statutory and Community Responses

Justice Actions

Below are the Justice actions outlined in the Committed to Safety Framework. To see how these are being implemented, view our Action Progress Update.

Short Term Actions

ThemeAction No.Action
Reducing re-offending 3.1We will continue to work on an overall reduction in re-offending, with a focus on perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence.
Awareness raising campaign 3.2Based on the raft of changes to legislation, including non-lethal strangulation, we will run an awareness raising campaign for key stakeholders, developed in partnership between the Office for Women and the Attorney-General’s Department.

Medium Term Actions

ThemeAction No.Action
Family Court and risk assessment guidelines 3.3As per the Third Action Plan of the National Plan, we will continue to work with the Commonwealth Government in reviewing and streamlining the family violence risk identification and assessment tools used within the justice system, including the family law system.
Mandated perpetrator programs and accommodation expansion 3.4As well as an ongoing focus on improvements to court mandated perpetrator programs, we will explore the use of accommodation for perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence, in keeping with safety first principles.
Review of systemic responses to domestic, family and sexual violence3.5We will seek to strengthen women’s safety in their own homes by building a whole of system response to perpetrators from early intervention through to justice responses that focus on perpetrator accountability and responsibility.
Review of systemic responses to domestic, family and sexual violence 3.6We will work with services to ensure responses to women and their children affected by domestic, family and sexual violence are trauma informed/based, holistic and appropriate.
Review of systemic responses to domestic, family and sexual violence 3.7We will seek to ensure that frontline services understand their ability to share information relating to risk and safety under the Information Sharing Guidelines to assist in holistic safety planning and perpetrator accountability.
Review of systemic responses to domestic, family and sexual violence 3.8We will convene the Multi-Agency Governance Committee to address whole of system responses to both women and their children, and perpetrators of violence.
Review of systemic responses to domestic, family and sexual violence3.9We will implement the South Australian Safe Practice Standards for Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Services and Interventions to ensure consistency in service delivery standards across the state.

Long Term Actions

ThemeAction No.Action
Lower risk threshold for the Family Safety Framework (FSF)3.10We will explore if lowering the risk threshold for cases to be referred to the FSF will assist in ensuring our responses maximise women’s safety

Target Actions

Target AudienceAction No.Action
Young people3.11We will consider options for the referral of younger people to the FSF.
Young people3.12We will develop a guide for human service practitioners assessing the needs of young people and navigating service responses about mandatory child protection system requirements, (parental) consent issues, and across system service coordination.
Young people3.13We will explore the expansion of targeted programs for young perpetrators and young people affected by domestic, family and sexual violence.
Young people3.14We will progress work on the Connected Youth Justice response to young offenders, and those at risk of offending.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people3.15We will develop new models for addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence in court-based settings, beginning in the Far West.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people3.16We will work to improve opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to participate in perpetrator programs that are culturally appropriate and safe.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people3.17The Office for Women will develop educational materials in partnership with SAPOL and legal services to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities understand intervention orders.
Women with disabilities3.18We will provide community education and awareness campaigns developed in partnership with people with lived experience of disability to inform women with disability about their rights and responsibilities around domestic, family and sexual violence.
Culturally and linguistically diverse people3.19We will raise community awareness about the legislation that protects communities from female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
Culturally and linguistically diverse people3.20We will work with key non-government partners to ensure that women from diverse backgrounds understand their rights, responsibilities and roles in a range of settings, including workplaces, courts, health facilities and education institutions.
Culturally and linguistically diverse people3.21We will work with relevant organisations, both government and non-government, to increase engagement with women with visa issues who are impacted by domestic, family and sexual violence.
Older women3.22We will ensure there are specific resources and assistance for older women, as part of our new safety hubs. These hubs will link older women with a wide range of services, including legal support.
People living in regional and remote areas3.23We will offer additional training to SAPOL officers and services working in remote communities in the use of the risk assessment tool and the Information Sharing Guidelines.


While continuing to emphasise the importance of primary prevention and early intervention, we will also maintain our focus on other responses to domestic, family and sexual violence. That includes legislative and statutory mechanisms.

Legislation can be a powerful tool in educating the community and raising awareness about issues, including men’s use of violence against women.


Legislative changes to date have helped to ensure an ongoing focus on domestic, family and sexual violence. Changes to residential tenancies, intervention orders and other legislation have assisted women affected by domestic, family and sexual violence and made it clear that men’s use of violence against women will not be tolerated in South Australia.

Legislative Change

We introduced and passed legislation related to strengthening penalties for breaches of intervention orders. We also introduced a new offence of non-lethal strangulation.

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

Taking immediate action where the previous government did not, we have rolled out a 12-month trial statewide scheme. This allows us to connect women to specialist services earlier, often before violence has escalated to its first crisis point.

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