By Ruby Leahy Gatfield and Fiona Christian
ARTD’s evaluation of Safer Pathway found the program is delivering a consistent, effective and timely response to victims across NSW.
Safer Pathway is a key initiative under the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016–2021, led by Women NSW and delivered by the Department of Justice. Rather than an individual service or program, Safer Pathway provides state-wide service system infrastructure designed to ensure all victims of domestic and family violence in NSW receive a timely, effective and consistent response, regardless of where they live. It offers victims a tailored, coordinated service based on their needs and the level of threat to their safety.
Women NSW engaged ARTD to conduct an independent evaluation of Safer Pathway over 2017-18.
Using a realist-informed, mixed-method approach, we found that the initiative has been implemented largely as intended and is generally meeting its intended objectives. As a result of Safer Pathway:
We also identified 23 recommendations to improve the service model and delivery. These related to:
Download the full report here: https://www.women.nsw.gov.au/download?file=650328
Women NSW and partner agencies are using the evidence and recommendations in the report to strengthen the service response to victims of DFV in NSW, documented in their response to the report.
Hayley Foster, NSW Director of the Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (a key Safer Pathway service provider) is calling on all political parties to “pay attention to these important evaluation findings and what they tell us about what is working and what is needed.”