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February 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


Register now: Moving Towards Greater Collaboration forum

NIFVS invites you to join us to explore barriers and opportunities to strong cross sector collaboration at ‘Moving Towards Greater Collaboration: a cross sector forum to improve the safety of women and children who have experienced family violence’ on Wednesday 23 March. 

Guest speaker Catherine Plunkett, from Domestic Violence Victoria, will speak about core principles for collaboration, including information sharing, and other learnings from the Risk Assessment Management Panels (RAMPs).

A panel of specialists will discuss barriers and enablers from innovative cross sector projects, including:
  • Families@Home
  • L17 Triage Pilot
  • Partners In Recovery
  • Koori Coordinated Care
  • Increasing the Odds for Safety and Respect
Forum participants will explore how research and learnings from regional partnerships can be applied in their own work setting.

Tickets cost $25 and morning tea is included. Click here to buy your ticket.

NIFVS reports on three years of work

This month, the NIFVS coordination team reported to the Department of Health and Human Services on three years of integration work. Some achievements for this period included:
  • 92,031 Family Violence Help Cards distributed in 16 community languages
  • 946 professionals attended Identifying Family Violence Training
  • 308 professionals attended 3 NIFVS forums and 2 Family Violence Regional Inductions in 2015
  • 1,215 women and their children provided counselling and group work through the NIFVS Counselling and Support Alliance
  • 90 Week Without Violence campaign activities.
Regional integration work will continue to be guided by the NIFVS Regional Plan 2013-2017 over the coming year.

Sector news


Regional news

Statewide news

Events and training

5 March: An Evening with Sisters’ Day Out (Aboriginal Family Violence Legal and Prevention Service)

7 March: Domestic and Family Violence is a Workplace Issue - Campaigning for progress and action seminar (We Are Union Women)

16 March: Responding to Sexual Assault (CASA House)

17 March: Orientation to the Homelessness Service System in Melbourne’s North And West (North and West LASN)

23 March: Moving Towards Greater Collaboration: a Cross Sector Forum to Improve the Safety of Women and Children who have Experienced Family Violence (NIFVS)

23 March: Case notes, family violence & the law (DVRCV)

6-7 April: Supporting women through the intervention order process (DVRCV)

12 April: Responding to Sexual Assault (CASA House)

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

14-15 April: Introduction to homelessness andsocial housing (DHHS and Wodonga TAFE)

14 April: SmartSafe (DVRCV)

20 April: Identifying Family Violence: Responding to Women + Family Violence Regional Induction (NIFVS)

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


Strengthening Hospitals Response to Family Violence Guides: A series of guides  to help hospitals across Victoria further strengthen their responses to family violence.

Domestic and family violence and homelessness 2011–12 to 2013–14: this Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report looks at the number of Australians seeking homelessness assistance for reasons on family violence.

NMR Violence Against Women Factsheets 2014-15: these factsheets show family violence reporting rates across the northern metropolitan region for 2014-15.

For Love or Money Educational Resource Kit: Women's Health In the North's educational resource kit provides information and activities about relationships, money and financial abuse and supports group or individual therapeutic work with women. Hard copies can be ordered from WHIN for $25.

Family violence in the media

Study reveals the men at highest risk of breaching domestic violence orders (The Guardian Australia, 19 February 2016)

Calls for culturally-specific family violence support for Indigenous women (SBS News, 16 February 2016)

Cutting sexual assault support service waiting lists [Media Release] (Office of the Premier, Media Release, 13 February 2016)

Family violence risk assessment system under review (The Age, 4 February 2016)


Featured Event

Featured Resource

Featured Program

Find out about the Northern and Western Division Children's Resource Program

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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