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What is Safechoices?

The Safe Choices program is statewide initiative of the Tasmanian Family Violence Action Plan 2015- 2020 (Safe Homes, Safe Families).

Its primary focus is the improved safety of women, children and other Tasmanian community members, through the raising of community awareness around the issues of Family Violence.

The program will provide practical support, advice and referral to support services, for those people experiencing Family Violence, through providing the following services:

  • A web-site which will provide information around Family Violence and support services available.
  • E-mail support available to all members of the community
  • Phone support through a 1800 number
  • Information packs
  • One to one support from a case worker for those people experiencing multiple needs

Safe Choices Vision

The Safe Choices logo is the flower of the Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras.

This unique and distinctive flower and tree represents the Safe Choices vision - which holds every person as a unique individual, who has the right to live a life free from violence.

Click here to view the Tasmanian Family Violence Action Plan 2015 - 2020

All Safe Choices services are provided free from discrimination and ensure the fair treatment of all people.

Workers will be able to provide practical support in Southern Tasmania in the first year, the North West in the second year and then the North in the third year, when it will become a state-wide service. People across the Tasmania will be able to access the web-site, e-mail and phone support in first year.

Safe Choices is not an emergency or crisis service, but if one of our workers felt that you need an emergency service, they will help you get in touch with the most appropriate service.

About Safe Choices

The Safe Choices Programme is part of CatholicCare Tasmania Family Services. CatholicCare Tasmania is a community services provider and the welfare arm of the Catholic Church. We respond to individuals, families and the community by offering a diverse range of specialised professional services. We employ more than 300 staff across the state, within CatholicCare Family Services, CatholicCare Children’s Services, Centacare Evolve Housing and CatholicCare Affordable Housing.

To find out more about CatholicCare Tasmania and the services they provide, please click; www.catholiccaretas.org.au

Your Personal Information

The Safe Choices programme, is committed to ensuring that all clients who use our services are treated with respect and dignity, and to the protection of your personal information. Safe Choices adheres to the Australian Privacy Principles as set out in the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012. Safe Choices is also bound to protect your privacy to comply with contractual arrangements with a range of Government agencies.

You do not have to give us any personal details, but it is helpful for us to have details which can assist in providing the most appropriate service.

Under the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012, you have certain rights in regards to the protection of your personal information and you will be asked to give written consent for the collection of or sharing of this information. You are also entitled to access the information you provide to Safe Choices. Please contact a worker if you would like to find out more about our Privacy Policy.

Confidentiality

All personal information gathered by workers during the provision of our service, will remain confidential and secure except when:

  • It is subpoenaed by court
  • Failure to disclose information would place you or another person at risk; or
  • Your prior approval has been obtained to provide information to another agency, professional or person.

Your Safe Choices experience

The Safe Choices team values all feedback and encourages you to let us know what your experience has been when using any aspect of our service.

Please feel free to use the Comments, Complaints, Compliments and Suggestions leaflet to provide your feedback. All information provided will assist us to improve our services and ensure the programme meets your needs.