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June 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

Farewell to Diana

This month we bid a fond farewell to Diana Labiris who is leaving us to travel overseas. As the inaugural NIFVS Regional Integration Resource Worker, Diana’s two year contribution to the work of NIFVS has shone a light on integration opportunities across the region.

Leading initiatives including the NIFVS website, Regional Family Violence Induction and service system mapping, Diana has developed an enormous range of high quality resources to support family violence integration. We wish her well on her travels.

New Help Cards resources launched

NIFVS has launched a suite of new resources to support use of the Family Violence Help Cards.

The Northern Metropolitan Region Family Violence Help Cards inform community members, victims and perpetrators that family violence is a crime and provide information about support services available in the region.
The new resources include a Help Cards tip sheet for practitioners, a multilanguage poster for women which contains family violence contact information in multiple languages and a Help Cards introduction poster which lets community members know that Help Cards are available at your site.

These resources, along with the Help Cards themselves, are now available for order. Fill in and return this order form to They are also available online.

Register for the NIFVS Homelessness and Family Violence Forum

Registrations are open for “Family Violence and Homelessness: A practice exchange forum to improve safety and support for women and children” on Tuesday 12 July in Broadmeadows.

Workers from the family violence and homelessness sectors are invited to hear about opportunities and implications from the Royal Commission into Family Violence and the Housing and Homelessness Reforms.

Share your expertise, unpack myths and assumptions and better understand the unique challenges and opportunities of working in the family violence and homelessness/housing sectors.

Tickets are $25 and registration is essential as places are limited. To book your ticket, visit Eventbrite.

Update from the Regional Integration Committee

The NIFVS Regional Integration Committee met on 8 June 2016 to identify priorities for family violence regional integration work post the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
The group agreed to focus on 3 areas in 2016-17 including:

  • developing key principles for Support and Safety Hubs
  • workforce development planning and advocacy
  • cross sector integration with the Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group, housing and homelessness, mental health, alcohol and other drugs and health.

These priority areas align with both the NIFVS Regional Plan 2013-2017 and recommendations from the Royal Commission. The work will enable the Committee to feed into the post Royal Commission reform process, while keeping a focus on key regional issues.

Sector news


Regional news

Statewide news

National news


Events and training

5 July: Going Forward: Strategies for Addressing Sexual and Reproductive Health in the North Forum (WHIN)

12 July: Family Violence and Homelessness: A practice exchange forum to improve safety and support for women and children (NIFVS)

13 July: Responding to and Preventing Family Violence - The Role of Early Childhood Professionals (DVRCV and Community Child Care Association)

18 July: Supporting your client through Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) (Women’s Legal Service Victoria)

27 July: Responding to Sexual Assault training (CASA House)

27-28 July: Supporting women through the intervention order process (DVRCV)

Introduction to Cultural Competence online training module: this Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health 30-minute training module is suitable for health, community and government staff working with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.



Establishing the connection: Guidelines for practitioners and clinicians in the sexual assault and alcohol and other drug sectors: The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has developed these guidelines to build the capacity of workers in the sexual assault and AOD sectors.

Key issues in working with men from immigrant and refugee communities in preventing violence against women: a White Ribbon Research Series paper.

Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV): resources and presentations from the SHRFV forum.

Know Your Worth: a new Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) film about young people’s experiences of 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.


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