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Northern Integrated Family
Violence Services Partnership
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safety of victim survivors in Melbourne's
northern metropolitan region

News & Events

Family violence related news and events for professionals.

Practice Lead Community of Practice

Safe and Equal are recommencing the Practice Lead Community of Practice for practice leaders, or anyone undertaking similar duties, who are responsible for supporting MARAM best practice.

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Northern Integrated Family Violence Services Partnership MARAM Survey

The Northern Integrated Family Violence Services partnership is undertaking survey as an assessment to determine how organisations and practitioners are aligning practice to the MARAM and Information Sharing Schemes.

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Supporting Businesses and Workplaces to Respond to Family Violence

Safe and Equal are supporting businesses and workplaces to meet their OH&S and Fair Work obligations in relation to domestic and family violence.

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Responding to Victim Survivor Experiencing Criminalisation

The NIFVS team have developed a new webpage, Criminalised Victim Survivors, with resources to assist practitioners respond to victim survivors who have been criminalised. Victim survivors who have experienced criminalisation, may encounter discrimination in the family violence service system, which can impact on their risk and access to safety and support.

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Baby Makes 3 Program Receives Further Funding

Building on the work of program lead healthAbility, the Baby Makes 3 program has received $1.2 million from the state government. Baby Makes 3 works to build equal and respectful relationships for families who are becoming parents for the first time.

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Escaping Violence Program Financial Support – Agency Fast Track Application

The Escaping Violence Program (EVP) has recently introduced an agency fast-track application process that aims to streamline and expedite the financial support clients can receive.

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NIFVS Team Welcome Katrina Dickinson

The NIFVS Team is excited to be welcoming Katrina Dickinson to the role of MARAMIS and Workforce Development Coordinator.

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Successful Turn Input into Action Forum

On 30 March 2023, organisational leaders across the northern metropolitan region progressed recommendations arising from the Victim Survivor Experience Mapping report.

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Easing of Evidence Requirements: Temporary Protection Visa

The Federal government has announced changes to ‘non-judicial’ evidence requirements for temporary visa holders, who seek assistance as victim-survivors of family and domestic violence.

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Travel Passes for Vulnerable Students Available

The Victorian Government is providing 30-day Travel Passes free of charge to eligible Victorian school students, such as those experiencing homelessness or escaping family violence.

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Download Updated NIFVS Family Violence Posters

The NIFVS multi-language Family Violence posters have been updated to reflect the change to Merri-bek City Council. These posters inform community members, victim survivors and adults using family violence about support services that are available in the northern metropolitan region. The posters contain information in English, Arabic, Assyrian, Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

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New Bilingual Family Violence System Connectors

The new Multi-Service Coordinated Family Violence Response Project will target women and children from South Asian community in the City of Whittlesea by out posting Bilingual Family Violence System Connectors at key locations.

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Long-term Funding for Young People using Violence in the Home Response

Berry Street’s therapeutic service, Take Two has received long-term funding to continue their work providing whole-of-family services for families with young people using violence in the home in the northern metropolitan region.

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Family Court Reform – Victim Survivor Survey 

Former Federal Labor MP Emma Husar is running a campaign to get a Royal Commission into the Family Courts, with a particular focus on how Section 121 of the Act which mandates that people can’t speak publicly about proceedings negatively impacts victim survivors, particularly children, and is a form of systems collusion with perpetrators.  

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Have Your Say about the Housing Crisis

This July, Everybody's Home is launching the People's Commission into the Housing Crisis, a platform for everyday people to share their housing experiences on a nationwide scale.   Organisations can Take the Impact Survey to help Everybody's Home better understand what the housing crisis looks like for frontline service providers and their clients.

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Federal Budget Analysis

Within the federal budget 2023-24, a further $326.7 million will be funded across four years (with $19.4 million per year ongoing) to deliver women’s safety initiatives under the National Plan.

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Workforce Pulse Survey Results

The Family Violence and Sexual Assault Workforce Pulse Survey (WP Survey) was conducted by Family Safety Victoria between September and October 2022.

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Contribute to Evaluation of the LGBTIQA+ Family Violence Reform Initiatives

FSV invite participation in the evaluation of the LGBTIQA+ Family Violence Reform Initiatives.

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Respond to Family Violence in Muslim Communities Training

The Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights offers face-to-face and online training workshops to organisations. AMWCHR are now offering paid training and consultation to increase sector capacity to recognise and respond to the needs of Muslim women, children and families.  

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