The new Integrated Family Violence Program, based at Kildonan’s Broadmeadows site, offers a family violence response to men, women and children.
The program aims to:
- actively engage with men, particularly fathers, to be accountable and take responsibility for their violence
- ensure women and children are safe
- support children’s safety, stability and development
- provide a continuum of service delivery from early intervention through to crisis response.
The location of this new program at Broadmeadows aims to enhance integration between women’s and men’s family violence services and Child FIRST/Integrated Family Services. Its development has been informed by current state government policies relating to vulnerable children and families and family violence.
The program is currently at implementation stage. Initial referrals of L17s began in November 2016. Referrals from IFS agencies in the Hume Moreland Integrated Family Services Alliance will commence 1 January 2017. Referrals from the broader community will commence from 1 February 2017, from which time the program will be fully operational.