Young People’s Perception of Violence against Women Concerning

The Youth Report Findings of the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) were released this month. The report suggests young Australians, particularly young men, need more education in relation to their understanding of sexism, violence and abuse against women. While the report shows that most young people have a good knowledge…

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Australian Law Reform Commission Delivers Review of Family Law System

The Australian Law Reform Commission report on the review of the family law system was released in April. The 60 recommendations for family law reform mainly focus on administrative changes that improve the efficiencies of the family court system. Recommendations include ‘closing the jurisdictional gap between the family court and state-based court systems, amending the factors…

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Terms of Reference Released – Disability Royal Commission

The final Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Royal Commission into Violence, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability have been released. They include inquiring into: What governments, institutions and the community should do to prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, and how to achieve best practice…

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DV Vic CEO Resigns

Fiona McCormack has spent 14 years championing family violence reform in her role as CEO of DV Vic, through two major periods of reform. She recently announced that she was leaving her role. Alison MacDonald will act as CEO until further notice. We would like to acknowledge Fiona’s support of regional integration over many years…

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Working with Fathers Network

Working with Fathers is a new network for professionals/service providers who work with fathers and families in Hume or Moreland. It aims to identify gaps and potential solutions to problems. Book into the next meeting on 13 June 2019 in Pascoe Vale. For further information contact zenaida.mello@anglicarevic.org.au. A Father Inclusive Practice Network also meets in…

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Couples Counselling Funding for Family Violence Criticised

The Federal Government has announced a $10 million funding package for Specialist Family Violence Services. ‘Organisations that provide family relationship services, including broad-based counselling and dispute resolution, have been invited to apply for a grant under the scheme.’ Advocacy groups have criticised the move, citing cases where dispute resolution and couples counselling have led to…

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The Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity Statement

The state government has released a 10-year inclusion and equity statement that supports Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change to build an inclusive, safe, responsive and accountable family violence system for all Victorians. The Statement ‘will guide a more inclusive, safe and responsive system for more people, regardless of gender, ability, sexual orientation, sex,…

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