Primary Care Connect is a local community health centre operating under the social model of health. We work with our community to create better health outcomes. Visit our website www.primarycareconnect.com.au for the organisations mission, values, journey and strategic direction.
The Personal Safety Initiative (PSI) is a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) initiative that aims to assist victim-survivors of family violence (FV) to safely remain in their homes. The PSI is a joint Commonwealth and State funded program that aligns with the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children and recommendations from the Victorian Royal Commission into FV. It forms a key part of the Victorian Government’s response to and focus on FV.
Through PSI victim-survivors will have access to the following:
• Intensive case management by FV service providers including risk assessment, safety planning, advocacy and support
• A Personal Safety Device (‘the alarm’). Each device is fitted with a Global Positioning System (GPS) locator that plots the user’s movements using a central monitoring centre. When activated, the device will raise an alert that is received at the monitoring centre, while also activating one way audio monitoring.
• Safety audits by security specialists with installation of personal or home safety technologies.
• 24/7 ongoing monitoring and support by security specialists for personalised alarms, including response to activations in co-ordination with Victoria Police.
There are 17 Personal Safety Coordinators who will be based in DHHS regions and will focus on ensuring the use of Personal Safety technology are part of broader supports for women and children’s safety and wellbeing. This Program will be supported by a State-wide Coordinator role at Domestic Violence Victoria to ensure a consistent, evidence-based expansion of the program.
The Personal Safety Initiative Coordinator does not provide diagnosis or specialised psychological treatments, immediate or after hours’ crisis response, long term counselling or case management. Clients will be referred onto these specialist services as required.