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.
- 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)