How you can become a Safe Community

Empowering Communities to recognise and respond to domestic violence or abuse

What is a Safe Community?

A Safe Community promotes zero tolerance to domestic violence or abuse.

A Safe Community recognises that domestic violence or abuse impacts upon many people living or working there, regardless of age, religion, disability, ethnic or cultural background and while the majority of victims are female, domestic violence or abuse can be experienced by men and by people in same sex relationships.

A Safe Community aims to provide an inclusive means of providing information on the range of organisations available to help anyone affected by domestic abuse.

How to become a Safe Community:

A Safe Community will provide and promote a range of pathways in organisations and businesses, churches, community groups and schools to facilitate anyone affected by domestic violence or abuse to access support, quickly, discretely and safely.

The Safe Community initiative is a partnership initiative, and will be co-ordinated by a community representative and supported by Onus and/or Onus Safe Place Partner organisation.

To attain Safe Community status, there must be a clear demonstration that there is sustained effort to inform everyone, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, with or without a disability that support is available for them, and how they can access that support locally.

The Safe Community Partnership organisations will identify the following:

  • A wide range of businesses and organisations to attain Safe Place status, to include healthcare providers, churches, schools and local shops;
  • Prominent local businesses to become Safe Employers
  • It is expected that Safe Communities will also demonstrate inclusion through adopting a cross community approach

Once the above criteria has been fulfilled, Safe Community status is awarded.


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