NIFVS coordinated Safe & Together training for practitioners from services across the northern region who attended a four-day training at Bell City from 19–22 February. Managers and other practitioners from across the state attended a Safe & Together model overview day at the Melbourne Zoo on 23 February.
Safe & Together is a perpetrator pattern based, child centred, victim strengths model and the principles include:
- Partnering with the adult survivor
- Keeping kids safe and together with the non-offending parent
- Intervening with perpetrators.
The perpetrator pattern approach changes the work in the following ways:
- Looks at the perpetrator’s behaviour, not the relationship or the survivor’s behaviour
- Strong nexus between the perpetrator’s behaviour and child safety
- Highlights the choice(s) to be violent, abusive and controlling as a parenting choice.
(Source: NIFVS, 26/2/17)