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March 2017

   "but he's a good dad, right?" NIFVS Forum 22 March 2017

In this month's Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) eNews:
Coordination team news
Sector news
Events and training

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Coordination team news


NIFVS Recruiting Workforce Development Worker

WHIN is seeking to appoint a Workforce Development Worker to the NIFVS team. Applications close 3 April 2017.

Following the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian Government acknowledged the importance of workforce development in Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change. This role will help drive this priority area in the northern metropolitan region.

"but he's a good dad, right?"
Responding to fathers who perpetrate family violence (NIFVS Forum)

On 22 March 2017, 100 participants explored how to improve responses to fathers who perpetrate family violence and prioritise the safety of women and children. Participants heard about recent research from University of Melbourne’s Dr Kristin Diemer and heard from a panel of regional specialists that work with fathers who perpetrate family violence. Participants also had an opportunity to reflect on their own practice with colleagues.

A summary of the forum and the presentations from the day will be uploaded to the NIFVS website next week.

Sector news


Regional news

Keeping our pets safe: Ada Conroy (WHIN) and Jo Seymour (Merri Health)

Statewide news

National news

Employment Opportunities

Events and training

6 April: Koori Services Expo (DHHS)

21 April: Supporting your client through family violence (Women’s Legal Service Victoria)

26 April: Introduction to working respectfully with Aboriginal children and families in the child and family welfare sector (VACCA)

26 April: Adolescent family violence: family focused diversionary intervention (Kildonan)

27 April: SmartSafe: digital safety, family violence and risk assessment (DVRCV)

2-3 May: Cultural competence training in the family violence context (Vic Seg)

3 May: Supporting your client through Child Protection (Women’s Legal Service Victoria)

18 May: Steps to other pathways – Early Years Family Violence Resource Kit (City of Whittlesea)


Understanding the link between family violence and gambling: WHIN has produced a paper to assist local governments working to prevent family violence in communities, where harm from gambling also exists. WHIN has also produced a one-page snapshot about the link between family violence and gambling.

Facts on family violence 2017. DVRCV has developed a video showing 12 facts about family violence in under 2 minutes.

Red Flags is a quick glance resource,  which has been produced by DVRCV for professionals who are working with victims/survivors.




Family violence stats

See WHIN's Violence Against Women Factsheets (2015-2016) for statistics by LGA.
Police responded to
family violence incidents in the north from January-December 2016.

This is up 2.8% from the previous year. For more, visit the Crime Statistics Agency website.


Featured Event


Featured Resource


Support Groups

Find out about family violence groups in the north.


Identifying Family Violence (IFV) Training

Register for IFV training.


Local Family Violence Networks

Find out about your local family violence networks.


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