For more resources about working with children who’ve experienced family violence, see the 1800RESPECT website.

Practice resources

Through My Eyes Booklet
This Children’s Resource Program booklet provides children with helpful information and options for them to express their feelings and emotions.

Working with families where an adult is violent (2014)
A DHHS best interests case practice model and specialist practice resource.

Assessing children and young people experiencing family violence (2013)
A DHHS practice guide for family violence practitioners.

Good practice: working together to support children and young people experiencing family violence (2012)
A DHHS good practice guide to service integration when working with children affected by violence.

DHS Practice Guidelines: Women and children’s counselling and support programs (2008)

Steps to Other Pathways: Early Years Family Violence Resource Kit
The resource kit aims to assist professionals working with young children 0-4 years in the City of Whittlesea to feel confident in identifying and responding to Family Violence.

Safe and Secure (2013)
An Australian Childhood Foundation and Eastern Metropolitan Region Family Violence Partnership trauma-informed practice guide for responding to children and young people affected by family violence.

Kids Central Toolkit
Developed at the Institute of Child Protection Studies, a number of tools and resources are available to download for free under six principles: Keep Me Safe, I’m One of a Kind, My Family is Special, Make It Fun, Keep Me in the Loop and Who Else Matters?

The Good Practice Guide to Child Aware Approaches (2014)
This Australian Institute of Family Studies paper is intended for service managers and practitioners working with vulnerable children and families, particularly those working in adult-focused service sectors.

Attune
A DVD resource, produced and sold by Berry Street, providing information about how to support women with children who are experiencing family violence.

Family Violence: A moment in time
This DVD, produced by Whittlesea Early Years Partnership (Best Start) in 2014, is about the impact of family violence on children. It is designed for use by agencies who work with children. In the 12-minute DVD, several agencies respond to questions about working with children.

It can be ordered, free-of-charge, by contacting Iris Crook at iris.crook@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or on (03) 9404 8862 or 0409 515 764.

Collected Wisdom
A NIFVS Counselling and Support Alliance manual which collates practice ideas and activities from family violence group work in the northern metro region that can be used by other group workers.

Healing, Together
A NIFVS Counselling and Support Alliance manual which outlines the diversity of family violence group work and provides examples of work carried out across Melbourne’s northern metropolitan region.

Children and Homelessness Factsheet
A resource developed by the Statewide Children’s Resource Program.

Other resources

Mandatory reporting requirements
Find details on the DHHS website about mandatory reporting of child abuse, as well as details about the new offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse, introduced in October 2014.

Children and Family Violence: Finding the Right Responses
Cathy Humphreys featured a piece in VCOSS’ Insight magazine in 2014.

Resources from the Integrated Responses to Vulnerable Children forum 2015
A summary and presentations from the NIFVS forum.

Choosing Positive Paths
This Berry Street Family Violence Services and Women’s Health West resource offers mothers, other protective parents and/or carers information on how to respond to children affected by family violence at different ages and stages.

Love Control DVD and Resource Notes
An innovative short film that increases young women’s awareness of the early warning signs of abusive and controlling relationships.

Translating evidence from the Maternal Health Study to inform policy and practice
A policy brief from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

The effect of trauma on the brain development of children
A practitioner resource released by the Child Family Community Australia.

Integration case studies

Bright Futures: Children’s Specialist Support Service
Bright Futures is an innovative child-focused response to children who have experienced family violence.