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Northern Integrated Family
Violence Services Partnership
For professionals supporting the
safety of victim survivors in Melbourne's
northern metropolitan region

Provide Feedback about the Serious-risk Program Model for Adults Using Family Violence

Family Safety Victoria is inviting feedback regarding plans for a new program being undertaken around perpetrator accountability. The Victorian Government has provided $3.234 million for a two-year (2023-2024) program to target and evaluate intensive interventions for high-risk and high-harm perpetrators (‘the Serious-Risk Program’), including strengthened family safety advocacy.

The Serious Risk Program seeks to keep victim survivors safe by joining up responses across the service system to keep serious-risk adults using family violence in view, disrupt their use of violence, change their behaviour, and lead them to accountability.

Funding has been provided to deliver the Serious-Risk Program in four areas across Victoria (covering regional and metropolitan areas, including one site intended to be led by an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation). An evaluation of the effectiveness of the two-year program will be undertaken. 

Family Safety Victoria are keen to engage with government and community services sector stakeholders (including front-line staff and practitioners who work with adults who use family violence and victim survivors) to ensure they get the design of this important program right for all participants of the program. 

View the discussion paper and overview presentation that outline emerging thinking on the target population and proposed service model, based on research and targeted consultation to date. Send feedback on this discussion paper to by COB Friday, 4 November 2022.

(Source: Family Safety Victoria communique & WIFVS eNews, 14.10.22)