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Early Identification of Family Violence within Universal Services Report

The third of seven topic-based reports by the Family Violence Implementation Monitor examines the early identification of family violence within universal services.

Themes arising from the report:

  • Concerted efforts have been made to build the capacity of universal health and education workforces to identify family violence.
  • There are areas of planning and modelling that could be strengthened.
  • There is variability in access to services after family violence has been identified.
  • A clear model for secondary consultations would improve coordination and consistency.
  • Ongoing monitoring of reform progress and impact is essential.
  • Certain cohorts face additional barriers to having family violence identified by universal services.

Recommendations include:

  • Allocate implementation support funding for multiple years and ensure further funding is communicated well in advance.
  • Provide sector-specific advice to staff in universal services on referral and secondary consultation options.
  • Ensure that prescribed organisations have appropriate trauma-informed policies and support for staff with lived experience.
  • Further consider what is required to embed MARAM including through:
    • Additional strategies to incentivise phase 2 workforces to engage in training etc.
    • Access for every prescribed organisation to some form of dedicated support for their organisational alignment with MARAM.

(Source: Family Violence Monitors Reports webpage, May 2022)