CatholicCare Tasmania has been selected by the State Government to deliver the next major piece of the Family Violence Action Plan (Safe Homes, Safe Families).

The Safe Choices Service will deliver early intervention and prevention support to anyone effected by family violence, including those who want to exit violent relationships.

The Premier, Will Hodgman, and Minister for Women, Jacquie Petrusma, joined Archbishop Julian and CatholicCare Executive Director, Tim Gourlay, to announce the two-million dollar investment at CatholicCare.

 It’s wonderful to be able partner with organisations, not for profit organisations, and community organisations, that have experience in these areas and importantly infrastructure that we can use to provide additional support to the victims of family violence,” the Premier said.

“This announcement is a major milestone in our state’s pledge to bring family violence out from behind closed doors, and our commitment to prevention and early intervention.”

Safe Choices will be available through an interactive website, email or by phone, with assessment workers and case workers supplied through CatholicCare.

Assessment workers will respond to all enquiries and assess what a person’s requirements are, with case workers allocated when there’s more intensive support needed.

CatholicCare Tasmania Executive Director, Tim Gourlay, said the opportunity to deliver the service will mean better outcomes for victims effected by family violence.

“CatholicCare has fifteen years’ experience in this space, and has quite a diverse range of services available to support and enable victims to address their circumstances, from counselling, housing support, provision of actual housing and childcare services.

“This is a state-wide program, and will initially be rolled out in Hobart with services for the rest of the state to follow,” he said.