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
Identifying Family Violence training and Regional Induction: the wrap up
On Wednesday 20 April, over 60 workers from agencies across the north participated in Identifying Family Violence (IFV): Responding to Women training and Family Violence Regional Induction.
The training increased participants’ understanding and recognition of family violence and provided strategies to respond to disclosures.
At Induction, participants heard from key intake services for women, children and men. They had an opportunity to talk to workers from a range of other services about the supports they provide and heard from Victoria Police and a community legal centre about justice responses to family violence.
You can reserve your tickets for the next available IFV training and Family Violence Regional Induction on Wednesday 14 September in Hume.
Family Violence Help Cards now available at all police stations
Family Violence Help Cards are now available at all 20 police stations in the northern metropolitan region.
The cards contain information about services available for women who’ve experienced family violence and men who use violence. They are available in 16 community languages and there are dedicated cards for Aboriginal communities.
The cards were restocked as a part of a distribution blitz being undertaken by Northern Integrated Family Violence Services coordination team at WHIN.
The team will make the cards even more widely available over the next few months.
To order help cards, fill in this order form and return it to email@example.com.
Events and training
5 May: ‘Out of character?’ Legal responses to intimate partner homicides (DVRCV)
7-8 May: Family Violence Intensive Seminar: Behind Crimes in the Home (Monash University)
9 May: Mother’s in Mind workshop (CPS)
16-17 May: Collaborations in Fathering Intervention: Lessons Learned from Caring Dads (Berry Street Childhood Institute, CPS, NTV and Melbourne University)
17-18 May: Infant toddler relational trauma (DVRCV)
23-24 May: Child Aware Approaches Conference (Families Australia)
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)
21-22 June: Working with the Impacts of Sexual Assault (CASA House)
23 June: Working with fathers who perpetrate intimate partner violence (DVRCV)
23 June: Trauma informed understanding and responses to children affected by family violence webinar (1800RESPECT)
Family Violence Protection Tenancy Kit: launched this week, this Tenant’s Union of Victoria Kit is designed to support workers who assist people affected by family violence in rental housing to know their rights, have a secure home and limit any financial loss.
Examination of the health outcomes of intimate partner violence against women: An ANROWS State of knowledge paper.
Final report of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children
Family Safety Pack: the Family Safety Pack, released in August 2015, is now available in an additional 24 languages – making 46 languages in total.
Family violence in the media
- Police and system failed Kelly Thompson, stabbed to death by ex-partner: Coroner (The Age, 21 April 2016)
- Summit report calls for national commission to tackle domestic violence (The Age, 21 April 2016)
- National Legal Aid calls for more funding after new figures reveal domestic violence a factor in 79pc of family law cases (ABC Online, 18 April 2016)
- Royal Commission sends NDIS a message on violence (Croakey, 13 April 2016)
- 'He said he would kill me and the kids': the cycle of family violence and homelessness (The Age, 9 April 2016)
- How can Victoria tackle domestic violence without a national response? (The Age, 6 April 2016)
- Reforms to Victoria’s family violence responses must close the web and bring perpetrators into view (The Conversation, 6 April 2016)
- Royal Commission : What needs to be done to reduce family violence rates in Indigenous communities (The Age, 4 April 2016)
- Family violence "hubs" offer smooth entry to complex system (The Age, 2 April 2016)
- Thousands of homes urgently needed to support victims (The Age, 1 April 2016)
- ‘Catastrophic’ impact of information sharing failures (The Mandarin, 1 April 2016)