How bringing the power of design-led innovation to the family violence sector 'could save lives'
It is a shocking statistic.
Across Australia, more than half of women who have experienced violence at the hands of their former partner did so while they were pregnant, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
So it’s fitting that this very important area is the first to be focused upon by a new hub that will bring together the services, supports and clients who make up this complex space and seek to create game-changing innovations.
The Family Safety Services Hub represents a massive change in the way family violence is addressed in the ACT. It has been co-designed over the past 18 months by ThinkPlace and a range of stakeholders in a process led by the ACT Government’s Coordinator General for Family Safety.
The hub aims to catalyse systemic change in the community in ways that improve the ability to prevent, intervene in and respond to domestic and family violence.
The hub is not a physical space. It’s not a new building. It’s a network of interconnected people and services that allows for better communication and much more effective coordination in identifying people at risk of family violence and providing better support and pathways to safety for those who are affected.
ACT Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry (pictured) attended ThinkPlace’s Canberra studio recently to help launch the hub and spoke of the huge potential for this new approach to make a real improvement in the safety of the territory’s women and children.
"It's not a new shiny door," the Minister said.
"It's a different approach, an innovative approach, doing things in a way that we've never even thought about before and thinking outside more than just supporting services."