Protective Group - Safer in the Home
Protective Group has partnered with The Salvation Army since 2015 in the delivery of Personal and Property Safety Assessments and ‘basic’ security upgrades for women victim survivors of domestic and family violence through the National Safer in the Home program.
Protective Group was established with the key objective of keeping women and children safe from domestic and family violence through the delivery of personalised approaches they have a reputation for being trustworthy, reliable, and credible specialists in the safety and security field.
Through a combined 60 years of operational law enforcement, military and corporate risk management experience they bring a unique, concentric layered approach to safety and security for victim survivors. Their goal is to ensure women always feel safe and secure.
What will Protective Group do?
Once your referral has been processed via the National Safer in the Home program and eligibility has been established Protective Group will be engaged to undertake a Personal and Property Safety Assessment of your property. A Protective Group Representative will be in contact with you to organise a time for this assessment to be undertaken and you will be required to be present for the assessment as it relates to you, your experience of family violence and your needs in relation to your personal safety living at the property.
If for any reason you cannot attend your appointment, please ensure that you provide a minimum of 48 hours notice to your Protective Group Representative as often assessors are travelling interstate or long distances to meet with you.
What is a Personal and Property Safety Assessment?
A Personal and Property Safety Assessment ensures that all aspects of your personal safety is understood by considering the strengths of your external and internal environment of your property in making you feel safe in the home.
Aspects of where you do not feel comfortable about your safety will be taken into consideration including external lighting, street number visibility, door and window locks and other basic security needs.
Your Protective Group Representative will also have a conversation with you about what technologies you have in your home and that you use, like smart phones and tablets, to ensure that you and your children’s use of these items are safe from tracking, stalking and harassing behaviours by perpetrators of violence.
Protective Group will then prepare a report detailing their assessment of your personal safety at your property and make recommendation under the National Safer in the Home ‘basic’ security upgrades criteria.
The National Safer in the Home program will consider these recommendations and approve a ‘basic’ security upgrade package and inform you and your referrer of what upgrades will be undertaken on your property.
Security Upgrades and Contractors?
Protective Group will then again be in contact with you to make arrangements for trade specific contractors to attend your property to undertake the approved ‘security upgrades’ by agreed appointment.
If for any reason you cannot attend your appointment, please ensure that you provide a minimum of 48 hours notice to your Protective Group Representative as rescheduling appointments with contractors may create delays in the installation of your ‘security upgrades’.
Please note that if you reside in a rental or Ministry of Housing property approval for the installation of security upgrades will need to be obtained. Your National Safer in the Home case worker will be able to assist you in obtaining this approval.
Protective Group Contractors are Verified and Qualified
All contractors, throughout Australia, engaged by Protective Group are required to:
- supply their Security Licenses and Registrations
- supply their National Police Check
- supply their National Working with Children’s Checks
- undertake and successfully complete Protective Group’s ‘Contractor Induction’ (family violence specific training) through the provision of the ‘Certificate of Completion’
These records are held by Protective Group and are regularly reviewed and maintained.
Conduct of Contractors
If you have any concerns about the conduct of a contractor and you feel you are in immediate risk, please leave the property and call 000.
Alternatively, please immediately contact the National Safer in the Home Program Coordinator, Megan Rankin, 03 9257 9600 (VIC).
The National Safer in the Home Program will consult with Protective Group about your concerns and experiences on your behalf.