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October 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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Coordination team news


Overcoming Barriers: A toolkit to improve responses to CALD women and children who have experienced family violence

This month saw the launch of Overcoming Barriers, an online resource aimed at enhancing workers’ response to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women and children who have experienced family violence. Developed by NIFVS Coordination Team, the toolkit draws together the expertise of service providers from across the Northern Metropolitan Region.

Topics include:
  • engaging in anti-racist, human rights-based practice
  • understanding structural and systemic barriers to help-seeking
  • understanding the impact of trauma
  • working with CALD children
The toolkit features video interviews with specialists from the Northern Metropolitan Region as well as a self-reflection tool.

Week Without Violence: unprecedented engagement

A record sixty events occurred during the Week Without Violence in the Northern Metropolitan Region this month. Schools, hospitals, neighbourhood houses, councils and community services held Clothesline Projects using t-shirt painting to engage women and their supporters in speaking out about family violence in our communities.

The Week Without Violence is a worldwide campaign that occurs in the third week of October, each year. The campaign aims to raise community awareness of family violence, encourage healing through art and strengthen local connections and relationships focused on the elimination of violence against women.

Support and Safety Hubs

Regional Integration Committees, supported by Regional Integration Coordinators, have been recognised by the Royal Commission as key drivers to “create common platforms to support the integration of the Support and Safety Hubs into the regional family violence systems”. To begin this process on a regional level, the NIFVS Coordination Team have consulted with Family Violence Services and Family Services intake points, and with the Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group. Further regional planning will occur on a regional level in 2017. Read more...

For further information about family violence reforms see the State Government Response to Royal Commission into Family Violence website.

Sector news


Regional news


Statewide news


National news


Events and training

 8 November: On the Shoulders of Giants - A Forum on Workforce Resilience (NIFVS)

10 November: International Panel Discussion: Financial Abuse & Women’s Economic Empowerment (WIRE)

11 November: Supporting your Client through Family Violence (Women’s Legal Service Victoria)

14, 15 & 21 November: Family violence hurts kids too (DVRCV)

15 November: Aboriginal Family Violence Forum (Ballerrt Boorndawan Beek)

15 November: Family Violence & Tenancy Workshop (Tenants Union of Victoria)

16 November: Identifying Family Violence: Responding to Women Training (NIFVS)

21 November: Technology Safety Summit Conference - technology and violence against women (Wesnet) Sydney

23-24 November: The Kids ‘R’ Central Toolkit (Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU, Bright Futures, moss)

1 December: Improving Cultural Understanding and Engagement with People from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (1800 Respect)


Overcoming Barriers is an online toolkit, developed by NIFVS, that aims to enhance workers' response to CALD women and children who have experienced family violence.


Family violence in the media


Family violence stats

Police responded to
family violence incidents in the north from April 2015-March 2016.

This is up 7% from the previous year. For more, visit the Crime Statistics Agency website.


Featured Event

 8 November: On the Shoulders of Giants - A Forum on Workforce Resilience (NIFVS)
RSVP by Friday 4 November

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

Featured Resource

Overcoming Barriers: A toolkit to improve responses to CALD women and children who have experienced family violence.


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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Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)

Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA)

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV)

No To Violence (NTV)

Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE)

DPC - Response to Royal Commission into Family Violence

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