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May 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


Now recruiting - Regional Integration Resource Worker

NIFVS is seeking to appoint a 0.6 EFT Regional Integration Resource Worker. This flexible part-time role offers you the opportunity to use your outstanding written and interpersonal skills to strengthen linkages across the integrated family violence service system.

This position is responsible for the development, distribution and evaluation of a range of materials to increase understanding of services, pathways and sector innovation. A theoretical and practical understanding of family violence issues and the family violence service system is required.

Applications are due by Sunday 5 June, 2016. Download the full position description.

Identifying Family Violence training in May

The NIFVS coordination team has experienced unprecedented demand for our ‘Identifying Family Violence: Responding to Women’ training.

This month, we held 15 sessions, including in-house training for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and local councils. Training also supported community health services and the Royal District Nursing Service, through the Primary Care Partnership Family Violence Project, as well as Royal Women’s Hospital staff, through their Strengthening Hospitals initiative.

To register for free training, or to inquire about fee-for service training, visit the NIFVS website.

Sector news


Regional news

Statewide news

National news

Events and training

30 May: Inform, Engage, Action Family Violence Forum (Vicki Ward, MP)

1-2 June: Enhancing family violence practice (DVRCV)

14-22 June: Family violence hurts kids too (DVRCV)

16 June: Supporting your client through family law (Women’s Legal Centre)

20 June: Steps to other pathways - Early Years Family Violence Resource Kit (City of Whittlesea)

21-22 June: Working with the Impacts of Sexual Assault (CASA House)

22 June: Identifying Family Violence: Responding to Women – Nillumbik (NIFVS)

23 June: Working with fathers who perpetrate intimate partner violence (DVRCV)

23 June: Trauma informed understanding and responses to children affected by family violence (1800RESPECT)


Steps to Other Pathways: Early Years Family Violence Resource Kit: this resource kit aims to assist professionals working with young children 0-4 years in the City of Whittlesea to feel confident in identifying and responding to family violence.

The Law Handbook 2016: this Fitzroy Legal Service resource helps people in the areas of law that most affect them in everyday life and provides information on where to go for help.

Magistrates' Court Family Violence website: has been developed to enhance access to information about family violence and intervention orders for both applicants and respondents. The website will soon be translated into multiple languages.

Easy English guide to reporting crime: a resource by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Identifying Family Violence and Responding to Women and Children Client Policy Template: This North West Metropolitan Region Primary Care Partnerships template outlines the steps staff members should take in cases where they are in contact with a woman who discloses family violence.

A platform for action: the report from the national round table on responding to violence against culturally and linguistically diverse women and their children a new website looking at what’s good, what’s bad and what’s missing in media reporting on family violence and violence against women.

Resources for teachers and high school students on forced marriage: this resource kit developed by ACARTH includes teaching materials and support documents for Australian secondary schools.

Family violence in the media

Human Rights Commission asked Cash to relent on domestic violence leave (The Age, 25 May 2016)

Domestic violence experts recommend all women should be screened for abuse at any health consultation (, 13 May 2016)

Family violence legal aid boost of $30 million won't solve crisis: lawyers (The Age, 12 May 2016)

Aboriginal women's lives really do matter [Opinion] (ABC Online, 11 May 2016)

Don't leave women with disabilities behind in domestic violence fight [Opinion] (Daily Life, 4 May 2016)

Little in budget to counter family violence (The Age, 05 May 2016)

Rosie Batty to launch Family Court campaign to help family violence survivors (The Age, 5 May 2016)

Domestic violence survivor Rebeca Carro fears that Federal funding cuts will cost women’s lives (, 4 May 2016)

Domestic violence: do we really get the picture? (Uncovered, 3 May 2016)

'Do you feel safe?': family violence screening for pregnant mums (The Age, 3 May 2016)

The Family Court has a serious attitude problem when it comes to domestic violence (The Age, 2 May 2016)



Family violence stats

Police responded to
family violence incidents in the north in 2015.

For more, visit the Crime Statistics Agency website.


Featured Event

Featured Resource

Featured Program

Law and Advocacy Centre for Women

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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