Children and young people
Find resources to support children and young people in the context of family violence.
For more resources about working with children who’ve experienced family violence, see the 1800RESPECT website and the Victorian Statewide Children’s Resource Program.
Choosing Positive Paths
Resource kit, which is also useful for professionals, offering information to mothers, other protective parents and/or carers on what to expect from and how to respond to children, at all ages and stages, who have experienced family violence. (GenWest)
Safe and Secure
Trauma informed practice guide for responding to children and young people affected by family violence. (Australian Childhood Foundation and Eastern Metropolitan RFVP)
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. (Safe & Together Institute)
Learning from Lived Experience
A guide for professionals supporting children and young people experiencing family violence. (Berry Street Y-Change and Safe+Equal)
Through My Eyes Booklet
This booklet provides children with helpful information and options for them to express their feelings and emotions. (Children’s Resource Program)
Children’s Wellbeing Case Management Tool
A guiding resource to inform and support the duration of case management and planning through conversations that represent the individual child’s voice.
Children Accessing Specialist Homelessness Services: An induction for new practitioners (2022)
Resource providing guidance, support and practical tips in how to work with children accessing homelessness services. (Statewide Children’s Resource Program)
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. (DFFH)
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. (Whittlesea Early Years 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)
A 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. (NIFVS Counselling and Support Alliance)
Manual outlining the diversity of family violence group work and provides examples of work carried out across Melbourne’s northern metropolitan region. (NIFVS Counselling and Support Alliance)
Children and Homelessness Factsheet
A resource developed by the Statewide Children’s Resource Program.
Mental Health and Service Utilisation of Young People Using Violence in the Home
Webinar regarding research and practitioners identifying the violence and working holistically. (Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare)
Tash – A short film by Natasha Anderson
A film about a child’s experience of family violence. (Family Safety Victoria)
Reporting child abuse
Find details on the DFFH website about reporting of child abuse.
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. (Safe and Equal)
The Effect of Trauma on the Brain Development of Children
A practitioner resource. (Child Family Community Australia)
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.