Djirra CEO Addresses the UN

Antoinette Braybrook, CEO of Djirra (formerly the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service Victoria) addressed the United National Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding Family Violence and Child Removal and its impacts on the Aboriginal community, in a joint statement with the Human Rights Law Centre. Family violence is a key driver of removal…

Support the Evaluation of Digitally Recorded Family Violence Statements

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre at Monash University have been contracted by Victoria Police to conduct an independent review of the Digitally Recorded Evidence-in-Chief Family Violence Trial, which commenced in October 2018. The Review will consider any benefits, adverse impacts or unintended consequences of the trial, as well as make recommendations to…

Join the 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…

The Orange Door Celebrates 12 months

More than 50,000 Victorians have accessed services at an Orange Door over the past 12 months. Five Orange Doors (Support and Safety Hubs) have been established, in North Eastern Melbourne, Frankston, Geelong, Morwell, and Mildura. The Orange Door incorporates the intake services for specialist family violence and Child FIRST services, and includes workers from Aboriginal…

Police Implement New L17

Victoria Police have been trialling a new L17 (Victoria Police Family Violence Report), which from 22 July has implemented state-wide. The new L17 is an actuarial (scored) tool where certain questions are scored. The MARAM framework contains 15 risk factors which may indicate an increased risk of the victim being killed or almost killed. Only…

MARAM Practice Guidelines Release

Overview The MARAM victim survivor practice guidance supports professionals to understand their relevant responsibilities under the MARAM Framework towards the identification, assessment and ongoing management of family violence risk. The MARAM practice guidance includes: Foundational Knowledge Guide underpins all MARAM responsibilities for practice. This Guide is required reading for all professionals across leadership and governance,…

Auditor General’s report on the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children

The Auditor General has released a report on the Department of Social Services’ activities relating to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. The report stated that the department’s ‘effectiveness in implementing the National Plan is reduced by a lack of attention to implementation planning and performance measurement’. In addition,…