Tasmanian Premier and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Will Hodgman MP announced the partnership on 1 July as part of Safe Homes, Families, Communities: Tasmania’s action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022, a new three-year, $26 million plan to prevent and respond to family and sexual violence that features an increased focus on primary prevention.
The plan includes establishing an Our Watch Primary Prevention Officer in Tasmania. The state has been a member of Our Watch since 2015 and is the first in Australia to establish such a role.
Our Watch CEO, Patty Kinnersly said: “It is extremely encouraging to see the Tasmanian Government demonstrating its commitment to primary prevention by taking these steps, in a national first partnership model between Our Watch and a State government.
“A shared, national approach is the only way to challenge the structures, norms and practices that allow gender inequality and violence against women and children to continue.
“We look forward to collaborating in this new way with a member jurisdiction, and to learning from each other as we work to stop violence before it starts.”
Read Premier Hodgman’s announcement on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.