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September 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


Integration in Action - Family Violence Regional Induction

The NIFVS Family Violence Regional Induction, on 14 September, attracted workers from across the northern metropolitan region, eager to learn about the integrated service system. Participants heard about family violence in Aboriginal communities and from intake points Berry Street and Plenty Valley Community Health. The World Café was especially popular with representatives from Elizabeth Morgan Aboriginal Women’s Service, Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association, InTouch, Darebin Community Health, Bright Futures and Kildonan Men’s Behaviour Change programs sharing information about what they offer and how workers can access their services.

Week Without Violence: 17-21 October 2016

Now in its seventeenth year in the North, the Week Without Violence (17-21 October), incorporates "The Clothesline Project", an art therapy based activity where victim/survivors and their supporters paint messages on t-shirts that are then displayed across the region.

The Week Without Violence Toolkit provides ideas for activities including the Clothesline Project, where victim/survivors and their supporters paint messages on t-shirts that are then displayed throughout the region.

See the WWV calendar for further information about activities in the North during the Week Without Violence.

Sector news


Regional news

Pet Protection planned for the North

Employment Opportunities


Statewide news

DPC response to Royal Commission website and communications

Office of Housing Policy for tenants experiencing family violence

Targeting Financial Abuse: More support for family violence victims

Announcement of Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor

$87 Million Boost For Family Violence Support Services

DHHS - Common Housing Register launched

Two Victorian universities introduce domestic violence leave for staff

Doctors’ role in identifying and responding to family violence


Events and training

11-12 October: Working with the Impacts of Sexual Assault (CASA House)
13 October: Working together with the police in the family violence system (Women's Legal Service Victoria)
17-21 October: Week Without Violence (NIFVS)
24 October: Working with fathers (DVRCV)
24 October: Women + Disabilities + Violence: It's a Mainstream Issue Forum (City of Whittlesea)
24 October: One Million Stars to End Violence Arts Workshop (City of Whittlesea)
15 November: Aboriginal Family Violence Forum (Ballerrt Boorndawan Beek)
16 November: Identifying Family Violence: Responding to Women Training (NIFVS)
23-24 November: The Kids 'R' Central Toolkit (Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU, Bright Futures, moss)


The Australian Government has released the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book, a best practice guide for judges and magistrates. The Bench Book is not only designed to be a resource in the judicial decision-making process, but is also intended to benefit other legal professionals and service providers who are working with victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence.

Family violence in the media

Victorian Government Invests $21 Million In New Refuges For Domestic Violence Victims (The Huffington Post, 27 September 2016)

Talking Consent: Where we’re going wrong with our boys (News online, 28 September 2016)

Domestic violence men's behaviour change program shows abuse can be stopped (The Age, 4 September 2016)

Family Violence survivors in north need more help (Leader Community News, 30 August 2016)

Domestic violence reporting has changed for the better (Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2016)

Rosie Batty slams Pauline Hanson over maiden speech family violence comments (The Age, 15 September 2016)

Spot the signs of financial abuse (News online, 2 September 2016)





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

Week Without Violence: 17-21 October 2016

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


Featured Resource

The Australian Government has released the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book, a best practice guide for judges and magistrates.

For other resources, visit 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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