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…

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…

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…

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…

Open Call for Therapeutic Responses

The Open Call for Submission for Therapeutic Responses has been uploaded on the Buying for Vic website where you can download a copy of the specifications. Invited Aboriginal submissions have been individually emailed to relevant organisations. The closure date for the submission is the 30 May 2019. Four information sessions have been arranged and will…

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…

Sexual Assault Funding to Increase

An extra 2,800 survivors of sexual assault across Victoria will receive crisis support and counselling as a result of a five-million dollar funding boost from the State Government. Nineteen services state-wide, including 14 CASAs, will receive funds to meet increased demand and better support children, young people and adults who have experienced sexual assault. (Source:…

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,…