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January 2017

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.

If you have any feedback or wish to contribute to a future edition, please email

Coordination team news


 Support and Safety Hubs Discussions

Department of Premier Cabinet (DPC) staff, from the Support and Safety Hubs Service Design Branch, met with representatives from family violence and family services intake points in the northern metropolitan region on 19 December 2016. The meeting built on previous NIFVS work Including: interviews with intake points, workshops regarding principles for Hubs, and the DPC consult in Craigieburn in October 2016.

Attendees heard that the statewide concept will be finalised in early 2017, with a focus on core features and minimum standards, before local design work occurs. It was recognised that the Hubs are a design challenge, but will also provide an opportunity for a unifying process for services on the ground.

For more information about the Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations about Hubs see the Victorian Government’s Family Violence Plan website.

Group Work Calendar for Term 1 available

Each school term, NIFVS produces a calendar of family violence support groups run by organisations in the northern metropolitan region.  Support groups include: therapeutic groups for women and children, supported playgroups, parenting groups and men's behaviour change groups. The term 1 calendar is now available.

If you would like to have a family violence support group included on the calendar, please contact us on 9484 1666 or at

Identifying Family Violence Training

The 2017 calendar for NIFVS Identifying Family Violence Training is now available. Registrations will open four weeks prior to each training session and eNews subscribers will receive an email notifying them when registration is opened. The February training booked out very quickly so, as numbers are limited, be sure to book in when you receive the notification.

The next session will be held on 29 March – 9am-1pm and will be followed by Regional Induction. RSVPs for this session will open on 28 February.


Sector news


Regional news

Statewide news


Events and training

1 February: Delivering affordable housing - Industry Insights Forum (NWHNs)
14 February: Workplace responses to gender based violence webinar (1800 Respect)

15 February: Intro to women’s relationship with money (WIRE)

15 February: Identifying family violence and risk assessment (DVRCV)

20 February: Northern Domestic and Family Violence Service overview session (Berry Street)

27 February: Family violence is a workplace issue (DVRCV)

28 February: Family violence and gambling - A Local Government and Public Health Forum (WHIN)

9 March: Family violence and tenancy training (Tenants Union)

20-21 March:  Infants & toddlers: Using hope to address relational trauma (DVRCV)

26 April: Introduction to working respectfully with Aboriginal children and families in the child and family welfare sector (VACCA)

2-3 May: Cultural competence training in the family violence context (Vic Seg)



 ANROWs has released a state of knowledge paper on ‘Perpetrator Interventions in Australia’. This literature review investigates both Australian and international models.

WIRE has updated some of their popular information booklets, including ‘Family Violence: What you can do for yourself and your family’ and ‘Money Problems with Your Partner: dealing with financial abuse’.

1800 Respect has developed Technology and safety: What do I need to know? resources aimed at assisting women to identify technology risks and provide simple solutions.

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

Featured Resource

ANROWs has released a ‘State of Knowledge Paper on Perpetrator Interventions’.

For other resources, visit the NIFVS website.


Support Groups

Find out about family violence groups in the north.


Identifying Family Violence (IFV) Training

Local Family Violence Networks

Find out about your local family violence networks.


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