The Federal Government is holding a National Women’s Safety Summit on 6 and 7 September. Family, domestic and sexual violence services are calling on the government to increase its focus on preventing and responding to sexual violence, expanding victim support pathways, investing in capacity for early intervention in gendered violence, and a greater emphasis on…Details
The University of Melbourne are wanting to interview practitioners from different fields (e.g. mental health, education, legal aid) who have worked supporting (directly or indirectly) children, young people or families bereaved by domestic homicide about their perspectives on how to better support their needs. The study will also include interviews with young people and caregivers…Details
A total of 5,021 responses were received for the second Workforce Census, which covered three workforces: specialist family violence response; broader workforces that intersect with family violence; and primary prevention of family violence. Results covered a range of topics: role requirements, supervision, employment conditions, training and confidence, health and wellbeing, and career and future intentions.…Details
The Policing Family Violence: Changing the Story project is seeking input from family violence workers, community lawyers and other workers with observations of family violence policing. Workers are invited to complete this 20-minute survey that will be used to drive and direct advocacy, support work, research and training. This is a joint project of Flat…Details
The Financial Independence Hub (FIH) is a free, confidential, personalised service supporting people impacted by financial abuse as a result of family violence to build their financial independence and achieve their goals through financial coaching, support and referrals into external partners and other services. Service provision differs considerably from financial counselling. The service is not…Details
DV Vic/DVRCV have announced they will be changing their name to Safe and Equal. CEO Tania Farha said she was excited about the ‘bold direction this name, along with refreshed visual branding, will set for the newly merged organisation – uniting DV Vic and DVRCV under a shared purpose and identity’. While the process of…Details
The Orange Door (TOD) Hume Moreland is aiming to open in late November 2021, with the primary site based at the Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows. Access points will then open in 2022 in Sunbury and the Craigieburn area. An outposting in Moreland is also being explored. The Orange Door Hume Moreland brings together workers…Details
DVRCV are currently delivering virtual MARAM training including ‘Screening and Identification’ and ‘Brief and Intermediate’ training.
Government departments are developing these as e-learning packages, however practitioners may prefer to access this training in the meantime.
(Source Family Safety Victoria, 27.7.21)
The Victorian Government has announced a new state-wide counselling service called Qspace. Qspace, leveraging from Queerspace at Drummond Street will provide specialist family counselling, assistance, online resources and information for LGBTIQ+ Victorians and their families. The government acknowledged that LGBTIQ+ Victorians are a diverse community and they continue to face stigma and discrimination. As a…Details
The new ‘Nowhere To Go’ Equity Economics report found that family violence is the leading cause of women’s homelessness. The report commissioned by Everybody’s Home estimates that the lack of long-term social housing is leading to 7,690 women a year returning to violent partners and 9,120 women a year becoming homeless. During Homelessness Week 1-7 August, Everybody’s Home…Details