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November 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


On the Shoulders of Giants – Workforce Resilience Forum

On Tuesday 8 November, over 60 participants explored strategies to enhance workforce resilience in a forum co-hosted by Northern Integrated Family Violence Services and the Northern Indigenous Family Violence Action Group. After hearing about the impact of trauma from psychologist Shawn Goldberg and strategies to build a resilient workforce from a panel, participants discussed workforce resilience solutions.

The Royal Commission into Family Violence acknowledged the issues of workplace stress and vicarious trauma facing the family violence sector.

Click here for a summary of the forum and resources from the day.


Sector news


Regional news

Statewide news

National news

Employment Opportunities

Events and training

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

7 December: Star Weave Jam with Women’s Health In the North (Victorians Against Violence event)

8 December: We need to talk about violence against women webinar (Integrated Family Violence Partnership Southern Melbourne)

14 December: Intro to Women's Relationship with Money (WIRE)

Webinar: Technology facilitated abuse – understanding the issues and how frontline workers can improve the safety of women (1800 Respect)


Violence Against Women Fact Sheets (2015-2016): WHIN has released its annual Fact Sheets providing an overview of the most recent police data relating to violence against women, including family violence and sexual assault.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Toolkit: Developed by WHIN, this toolkit assists individuals and organisations to participate in the 16 Days Campaign in the Northern Metropolitan Region.

Identifying and Responding to Family Violence: Managers’ Training Package: This package aims to support professional family violence trainers with the delivery of the training to managers of health and community services. It has been developed as part of a Primary Care Partnership Project across the north and west metropolitan regions.

New Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) website: This website allows victims of crime to easily access and submit VOCAT’s application forms. It can be used by people with disabilities, such as visual or physical impairments and contains information in languages other than English.

Speak Up and Be Safe: This website hosts a communication toolkit and resources for people with communication difficulties to assist individuals to identify and report abuse. The site has been launched by Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre.

National burden of disease study: Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has released a burden of disease report examining the impact of intimate partner violence against women in 2011.

Domestic violence and women's economic security report: ANROWS has released a new Horizons report and accompanying Compass paper investigating women's economic security in the context of domestic violence.

Family violence infographic poster: Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria has updated its infographic poster presenting the latest statistics on family violence in Victoria and Australia.

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.

Violence Against Women Fact Sheets (2015-2016)
provide an overview of the most recent police data relating to violence against women in the Northern Metropolitan Region.


Featured Event

7 December: Star Weave Jam with Women’s Health In the North

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

Featured Resource

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Toolkit: Toolkit for the global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence.

For other resources, visit the NIFVS website.

Support Groups

Find out about family violence groups in the north.


Identifying Family Violence (IFV) Training

IFV training for 2016 is sold out.

Local Family Violence Networks

Find out about your local family violence networks.


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