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March 2016

Welcome to the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) eNews.

This eNews contains NIFVS coordination team news, family violence sector news, events and training, resources and a media round-up.

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Royal Commission into Family Violence final report released

Read about it here.

Coordination team news


Moving Towards Greater Collaboration forum: the wrap up

On Wednesday 23 March, nearly 90 workers from a range of sectors came together for our ‘Moving Towards Greater Collaboration’ forum to consider how cross sector work can improve the safety of women and children who have experienced family violence.

Participants heard from Catherine Plunkett, from Domestic Violence Victoria, about the core principles for collaboration and other learnings from the Risk Assessment Management Panels (RAMPs).

A panel of specialists working on innovative cross sector projects in the Northern Metropolitan Region then discussed the barriers and enablers to collaborative work.

“Fantastic speakers, really useful—passionate and engaging,” one participant said.

“The forum gave me ways to advocate for my own role to have dedicated collaboration hours and processes in place for case coordination.”

A forum summary, as well as the presentation slides from the day, are available on our website.

Places still available for Family Violence Regional Induction

Regional Induction sessions are for workers who are new to family violence work or who are new to the northern metropolitan region.

The session will equip participants with an understanding of the integrated family violence system in the north, including user pathways. You will hear from key services and find out about resources to support your work.

Session details:
Date: Wednesday 20 April, 2016.
Time: 1.30-4.30pm.
Venue: Darebin. Venue details will be sent following RSVP.
RSVP: Please register via Eventbrite.

Sector news


Regional news

Statewide news

National news

Events and training

 6 April: Supporting women through the intervention order process (DVRCV)

11 April: Child Inclusive Practice Training (LifeWorks)

12 April: Responding to Sexual Assault (CASA House)

12 April: Supporting your client with family violence through the family dispute resolution (FDR) process (Women’s Legal Service)

13 April: Focus on children and families training (Foundation House)

14 April: Introduction to homelessness and social housing (DHHS and Wodonga TAFE)

14 April: SmartSafe (DVRCV)

19-20 April: Multicultural DV-alert workshop (Lifeline Australia)

20 April: Family Violence Regional Induction (NIFVS)

21 April: Understanding the complexities in LGBTIQ domestic and family violence: What to look out for and how to respond webinar (1800RESPECT)

21 April: Understanding and recognising family violence webinar (Australian Psychological Society)

28 April: Groupwork: why does this keep happening to me? (DVRCV)

29 April: Fathering Challenges Workshop (University of Melbourne)



Working Together to Support the Mental Health of People Who Have Experienced Family Violence: This Mental Health Professionals Network resource explores how mental health practitioners can work together better to support the mental health needs of those who have experienced family violence.

A Better Way: a multimedia resource made for the Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services 'Family Violence Program', is talked up in Arrernte, Kriol, Yolngu Matha and English.

Eleven ways to boost your work with news media: a guide supporting effective communication with media on the prevention of violence against women.


Family violence in the media

The extraordinary power of politically validating the scourge of domestic violence (The Guardian, 31 March 2016)

Royal Commission into Family Violence: what you need to know (The Age, 30 March 2016)

Spike in family violence calls expected when commission delivers report (The Age, 28 March 2016)

Australia’s most shocking statistic: sexual abuse and domestic violence against women with disabilities (, 20 March 2016)

Australia’s first family violence summit to look at real solutions to end national disgrace (Huffington Post Australia, 17 March 2016)

Malcolm Turnbull's public servants lose domestic violence leave (The Age, 8 March 2016)

'Overwhelmed' family courts are falling short on domestic violence, says Children's Commissioner (The Age, 29 February 2016)

Domestic Violence | Breaking the Cycle (The Northsider, 4 February 2016)


Family violence stats

Police responded to
family violence incidents in the north in 2015, reports the Crime Statistics Agency.

This is a 7% increase on the previous year.


Featured Event

Family Violence Regional Induction: 20 April

For other events, see the Events and Training Calendar on the NIFVS website.


Featured Resource

Featured Program

Access points for community and clinical mental health services

For other services, see the Service Directory on the NIFVS website.


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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