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UPDATED July 2016

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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


Welcome to Robin

Robin Gregory is the new NIFVS Regional Integration Resource Worker. Robin joins us from working at cohealth and has extensive experience in the integrated family violence sector for the past decade.

The wrap up: Family Violence and Homelessness Practice Exchange Forum  

On 12 July 2016, 87 workers from the family violence and housing/homelessness sectors came together to share expertise, unpack myths and assumptions and better understand the unique challenges and opportunities of working in each sector. Participants heard presentations about the sectors’ shared challenges and ongoing reform processes.
Participants heard that 30% of people identify family violence as the primary reason they are accessing a homelessness service.

Many women accessing family violence services are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Changes currently impacting on the sectors include:
  • Housing and homelessness reforms will see a combined public housing and community housing waiting list, choice-based letting and a streamlined approach to private rental access.
  • The Family Violence Royal Commission implementation promises a ‘blitz’ to rehouse women and children forced to leave their homes following violence.
A forum summary, as well as the presentation slides from the day, are available on our website.

Sector news


Regional news

Statewide news

National news


Events and training

10 August-7 October: Graduate Certificate of Social Science: Male Family Violence (NTV)
10 August: CRAF Training (DVRCV)
16 August: Responding to Sexual Assault (CASA House)
17 August: Introduction to Women’s Relationship with Money (WIRE)
18 August: Supporting your client through (VOCAT) Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (Women’s Legal Service Victoria)
19 August: CRAF Training (DVRCV)
25 August: Family violence is a workplace issue (DVRCV)
29-30 August:  PARKAS (Parents Accepting Responsibility Kids are Safe) Adopting child led practice - (DVRCV)
30 August: Cultural Competency and Disability Training (VICSEG)
14 September: Regional Family Violence Induction Session (NIFVS)
14 September: Identifying Family Violence: Responding to Women Training (NIFVS)


Not The Only One is a website created by the University of Melbourne for women to anonymously read and share stories about experiencing family violence.  

Women Talk Money is a new online resource by WIRE aimed at helping women know their rights and have healthier conversations with their partners about money.

Gathering Support is an updated booklet by DVRCV containing comprehensive information for women on keeping safe when separating, how the law can help, technology safety advice and safety planning. 
The Family Violence Protection Tenancy Kit is designed by the Tenancy Union of Victoria for support workers and advocates who assist people affected by family violence.

Talk the Talk Walk the Walk: Child Safe Standards Policy in Action developed by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare assists agencies to work towards competency with the Child Safe Standards.

The effect of trauma on the brain development of children is a practitioner resource released by the Child Family Community Australia.

Meta-evaluation of existing interagency partnerships, collaboration, coordination and/or integrated interventions and service responses to violence against women. This research project by ANROWS reviewed and analysed data to identify key program elements, policy contexts and learnings from the implementation of integrated responses in all Australian jurisdictions.

Family violence in the media

Sentence for domestic violence sends wrong message. (ABC online 24 June, 2016)
Early child care teachers, educators learn how to identify family violence. (ABC News 13 July, 2016)
Abolish the Family Court? Please explain. (The Age 21 July, 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

14 September: Family Violence Regional Induction for workers new to the Northern Region

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

Featured Resource

Not The Only One Website
The University of Melbourne has created a website The University of Melbourne has created a website called "Not The Only One" where women can anonymously read and share stories about experiencing family and domestic violence.  See the website here.

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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