There are a number of family violence networks and groups in the northern metropolitan region, including:
Local Family Violence Networks
Family Violence Therapeutic Children’s Network (North and West)
Counselling and Support Alliance
North Metropolitan Dhelk Dja Action Group
Northern Metropolitan Region Preventing Violence Against Women Committee
Working with Fathers Networks
Family Violence CALD Support Network
LGBTIQA+ Family Violence Network
Family Services Alliances

Some are open to new membership or one-off attendance, including the NIFVS Network and the local family violence networks.

See where these groups sit within regional family violence governance structures.

Local Family Violence Networks

The local family violence networks have been around for over 20 years in the northern metropolitan region. The current networks are based in Banyule/Nillumbik, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Sunbury and Yarra.

The networks meet monthly or bi-monthly to discuss a range of activities and services in their local region regarding prevention, responding to family violence and profiling the issue.

To find out more about one of the networks, contact the networks’ convenor:

Local government area Convenor Organisation Phone Email
Banyule/Nillumbik  Jodie Leahy Banyule City Council and Nillumbik Shire Council (03) 9457 9841 (Bianca) or
(03) 9433 3165 (Jodie)
bianca.ellis@banyule.vic.gov.au

jodie.leahy@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Darebin Disa Linden-Perlis Darebin City Council (03) 8470 8888 Disa.Linden-Perlis@darebin.vic.gov.au
Hume (Broadmeadows) Flora Culpan Northern Community Legal Service (03) 9310 4376 fculpan@northernclc.org.au
Moreland May Haeder Moreland City Council (03) 9240 2313 mhaeder@moreland.vic.gov.au
Yarra Maree Foelz Neighbourhood Justice Centre (03) 9948 8707 maree.foelz@justice.vic.gov.au

Family Violence Therapeutic Children’s Network (North and West)

The Family Violence Therapeutic Children’s Network is a peer support network for people working with children in the north and west metropolitan regions of Melbourne. The group is open to all workers who provide therapeutic counselling, case management or group work to children who have experienced family violence.

The group meets bi-monthly and involves:

  • networking and information sharing
  • peer supervision, including case presentations which focus on issues that may be relevant to other organisations and
  • professional development.

To learn more or get involved, contact:

Megan Johnson
Ph: 9301 5200
E: megan.johnson@anglicarevic.org.au.

Counselling and Support Alliance

The Counselling and Support Alliance (CSA) involves a coordinated regional framework for planning, implementing and evaluating quality family violence counselling and group work.

Members of the CSA are:

  • Anglicare Victoria
  • Banyule Community Health Service
  • Berry Street Victoria
  • cohealth
  • DPV Health
  • InTouch MultiCultural Centre Against Family Violence
  • Merri Health (formerly Merri Community Health Services)
  • healthAbility (formerly Nillumbik Community Health Service)
  • North Richmond Community Health Service
  • Sunbury Community Health Service
  • Women’s Health In the North
  • Your Community Health (formerly Darebin Community Health)

Member agencies meet bi-monthly and staff attend two tailored professional development sessions, each year. Counsellors and group work practitioners participate in a quarterly community of practice.

CSA members participated in the creation of the Collected Wisdom manual, which collated practice ideas and activities that could be used by other group workers. In 2015, the CSA participated in the creation of a new group work manual, based on one-off group work projects, called Healing, Together.

The alliance is convened by the NIFVS coordination team. To find out more about the Counselling and Support Alliance, contact info@whin.org.au.

North Metropolitan Dhelk Dja Action Group

Dhelk Dja Regional Action Groups operate at the local and regional Indigenous community level to ensure that Indigenous people can increase their knowledge, awareness and understanding of family violence issues. The groups have a role in implementing community led responses that educate, prevent, reduce and respond to family violence in Indigenous communities.

The North Metropolitan Action Group acts as an important source of advice to government and community stakeholders on initiatives and strategies impacting the northern metropolitan region. It is made up of representatives from key Aboriginal-led organisations in the region.

Northern Metropolitan Region Preventing Violence Against Women Committee

This group provides strategic direction on the implementation of the Preventing Violence against Women Strategy for the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne – Building a Respectful Community. It has representation from the region’s local councils, primary care partnerships, community health services and violence against women response sector. Women’s Health In the North convenes the group, which meets quarterly.

For more information, visit the WHIN website.

Working with Fathers Networks

Working with Fathers Network

This network is for professionals and service providers in Moreland and Hume who work with fathers and families. It aims to identify gaps and potential solutions to problems affecting the work.

For all enquiries please contact: Zenaida Mello, Anglicare. zenaida.mello@anglicare.org.au
Ph: (03) 9301 5200

Father Inclusive Practice Network

The network is open to all relevant agency workers in the northern metropolitan region.

This network was established to:

  • Raise the profile of fathers and father-specific programs
  • Identify and address gaps in service delivery for fathers
  • Build a community of practice, sharing information and networking with other professionals
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration and co-facilitation of fathers’ programs
  • Promote father-specific programs, projects and events.

For all enquiries please contact: Fathers and Family Relationship Program, Kids First. Ph: (03) 9450 0900

Family Violence CALD Support Network

This network is open to workers in family violence specific roles. The Network will provide information and support family violence workers in working with CALD women and families in the family violence context.

For more information contact admin@intouch.org.au or Ph: (03) 9413 6500

LGBTIQA+ Family Violence Network

The LGBTIQA+ Family Violence Network is a statewide network created to support mainstream family violence services, generalist community organisations and LGBTIQA+ organisations to support LGBTIQA+ clients effectively.

The Network runs forums and seminars on relevant topics to grow the skills and capacities of its member organisations in responding to community needs around family violence/intimate partner violence (FV/IPV). The Network also meets quarterly to:

  • promote collaboration between services on issues of LGBTIQA+ FV/IPV service provision
  • share knowledge, resources and education on LGBTIQA+ FV/IPV service provision, throughout the realms of prevention, early intervention and response
  • provide a space for members to raise issues and brainstorm solutions to matters of LGBTIQA+ FV/IPV best practice
  • engage in consultation and collaboration with the LGBTIQA+ community
  • advocate for change as necessary in the space of LGBTIQA+ FV/IPV service provision.

If you would like to be part of the network, contact the LGBTIQ Intimate Partner & Family Violence Project Coordinator at Rainbow Health Victoria (formerly GLHV): shamini.joseph@latrobe.edu.au.

Family Services Alliances

To enable the effective operation of Child FIRST, Child and Family Services Alliances were established in 24 sub-regions across the state. The alliances have representation from Integrated Family Services, Child FIRST and DHS Child Protection.

The Hume Moreland Integrated Family Services Alliance covers the Hume and Moreland region. For more information contact Val Ayres-Wearne (coordinator) Ph: (03) 9302 6100.

The North East Metropolitan Child and Family Services Alliance covers the Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik and Whittlesea region. For more information contact Paul Emerson (coordinator) Ph: (03) 9450 0900.