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:
A forum summary, as well as the presentation slides from the day, are available on our website.
- 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.
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)