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April 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


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

Sector news


Regional news

Statewide news

National news

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


Family violence stats

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

For more, visit the Crime Statistics Agency website.


Featured Event

Mothers in Mind information workshop (9 May)

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


Featured Resource

Family Violence Protection Tenancy Kit

For other resources, visit the NIFVS website.


Featured Program

Settlement services in the northern metro region

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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