For more resources about working with children who’ve experienced family violence, see the 1800RESPECT website.

Practice resources

Safe & Together Model
This model provides a suite of tools and interventions in a perpetrator pattern based, child centred, survivor strengths approach to working with family violence.

Through My Eyes Booklet
This Children’s Resource Program booklet provides children with helpful information and options for them to express their feelings and emotions.

Working with families where an adult is violent (2014)
A best interests case practice model and specialist practice resource. (DHHS)

Good Practice – Working together to support children and young people experiencing family violence
A good practice guide to service integration when working with children affected by violence. (DHHS)

DHS Practice Guidelines: Women and children’s counselling and support programs (2008)

Steps to Other Pathways: Early Years Family Violence Resource Kit
The resource kit aims to assist professionals working with young children 0-4 years in the City of Whittlesea to feel confident in identifying and responding to Family Violence.

Safe and Secure (2013)
A trauma-informed practice guide for responding to children and young people affected by family violence. (Australian Childhood Foundation and Eastern Metropolitan Region Family Violence Partnership)

Kids Central Toolkit
A number of tools and resources are available to download for free under six principles: Keep Me Safe, I’m One of a Kind, My Family is Special, Make It Fun, Keep Me in the Loop and Who Else Matters? (Institute of Child Protection Studies)

Family Violence: A moment in time (2014)
This DVD is about the impact of family violence on children. It is designed for use by agencies who work with children. In the 12-minute DVD, several agencies respond to questions about working with children. (Whittlesea Early Years Partnership – Best Start)

It can be ordered, free-of-charge, by contacting Iris Crook at or on (03) 9404 8862 or 0409 515 764.

Collected Wisdom
A NIFVS Counselling and Support Alliance manual which collates practice ideas and activities from family violence group work in the northern metro region that can be used by other group workers.

Healing, Together
A NIFVS Counselling and Support Alliance manual which outlines the diversity of family violence group work and provides examples of work carried out across Melbourne’s northern metropolitan region.

Children and Homelessness Factsheet
A resource developed by the Statewide Children’s Resource Program.

Other resources

Reporting child abuse
Find details on the DHHS website about reporting of child abuse.

Failure to Disclose
Find information about the offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse, which was introduced in 2014.

Resources from the Integrated Responses to Vulnerable Children forum 2015
A summary and presentations from the NIFVS forum.

What’s OK at Home (WOAH)
A website for young people and their adult allies about family violence, why it happens, how to recognise it, and how to help others experiencing it.

Choosing Positive Paths
This resource offers mothers, other protective parents and/or carers information on how to respond to children affected by family violence at different ages and stages. (Berry Street Family Violence Services and Women’s Health West)

Love Control DVD and Love Control Resource Notes
An innovative short film and accompanying resource that increases young women’s awareness of the early warning signs of abusive and controlling relationships.

Translating evidence from the Maternal Health Study to inform policy and practice
A policy brief from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

The effect of trauma on the brain development of children
A practitioner resource released by the Child Family Community Australia.

Integration case studies

Bright Futures: Children’s Specialist Support Service
Bright Futures is an innovative child-focused response to children who have experienced family violence.