Responding to Family Violence: Practice Guide Now Available

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In March 2017, the development of a practice guide was announced as a new action under Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020 (Safe Homes, Safe Families). 

Responding to Family Violence: A Guide for Service Providers and Practitioners (the Practice Guide) is now available for download from the Safe At Home and Safe Homes, Safe Families websites.

The Practice Guide aims to empower and support service providers and practitioners to understand, recognise and respond to family violence and refer clients to specialised family violence services.

The Practice Guide responds to the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children and Young People’s Report, Children and Young People’s Unique Experiences of Family Violence, which recognised a practice guide could assist services to work together better.

The Practice Guide was informed by government and community service providers, including members of the Family Violence Consultative Group.

It is a living document and service providers, practitioners and community members are encouraged to provide updates and suggestions on additional content which could assist professionals to better support clients impacted by family violence.

Feedback can be provided via email to

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, call the Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937 or visit In an emergency, always call 000.