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Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017



Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017

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-~-- NORTHERN TERRITORY ~~~ ~~ GOVERNMENT Mr Greg Shanahan Chief Executive Officer Department of the Attorney-General and Justice GPO Box 1722 DARWIN NT 0801 DearMrS~an ~k.cJ, ATTACHMENT C I TERRITORY FAMILIES Acting Chief Executive Officer level 7 Darwin Plaza L 1 Sm.th Street Mall DARWIN NT 0800 Postal Address PO Rox40596 CASUARINA NT 0811 T 08 8999 2737 F 08 8999 2833 RE: TERRITORY FAMILIES RESPONSE TO THE CORONIAL RECOMMENDATION ARISING FROM THE MS WENDY MURPHY AND MS NATALIE MCCORMACK INQUEST On 31 October 2016, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice wrote to me, requesting a written response, including a statement of the action Territory Families is taking, has taken, or will take, with respect to the recommendation at paragraph 269 of the Coronia! Findings, dated 21 September 2016, in relation to the deaths of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack. In the context of intimate partner violence within the Northern Territory Aboriginal community, the Coroner recommended that 'consideration be given by the Northern Territory Government to alternative (to the criminal justice system) intervention strategies that allow tor a more flexible family and community focussed approach that will both ensure the victim's safety and give the couple the choice to remain together or to separate (and support them in their choices)'. The current Safety is Everyone's Right Domestic and Family Violence Reduction Strategy 2014-2017 aims to address the complexities of domestic and family violence holistically by increasing the safety of victims and their children; reduce rates of intergenerational trauma caused by exposure to domestic and family violence; increase accountability of perpetrators; and establish integrated service delivery systems that are sustainable and adaptable. The Strategy comprises five key Action Areas, these being: (i) prevention; (ii) early intervention; (iii) protection-safety for victims; (iv) rebuilding the lives of victim-survivors; and (v) accountability and positive change for perpetrators. The Alice Springs Integrated Response, which was established under the Alice Springs Transformation Plan, informed the development of the Strategy, and comprises five key components as follows: (i) Community engagement; (ii) Family Safety Framework; Child Abuse Reporting Hotline: 1800 700 250 Complaints Hotline: 1800 750 167 www.nt.gov.au

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