Recent evidence shows the scale of sexual violence against women and children in Australia has been severely underestimated. Family violence is a key driver.

Yet, young women are currently invisible in responses to such violence. Our research sought to understand why young women’s experiences are so overlooked. We found that young women have typically been sidelined in approaches to family violence, and need to be given specific regard in any strategies to address it.

Read more here

Dhelk Wukang, the department’s fourth Aboriginal Inclusion Plan, is our commitment to strengthening Aboriginal inclusion, self-determination and cultural safety at all levels within the department, including the Victorian Public Service and Government Teaching Service.

The plan outlines the proactive steps the department is taking to support tangible, positive structural change across our entire workforce – both in school and corporate settings – to ensure every departmental workplace is safe for Aboriginal people.

Read the plan here

Alongside ANROWS‘s Sexual Harassment Research Program, Dr Nicola Helps from Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre is also conducting research into workplace sexual harassment. The survey asks participants to describe an incident of workplace sexual harassment they have experienced.

The project seeks to better understand victim/survivors’ experiences of workplace sexual harassment, and their views on how workplaces can better prevent workplace sexual harassment. The project also seeks to explore the experiences of bystanders to workplace sexual harassment. 

Access the survey here

If you identify as a woman of migrant or refugee background living in Australia, share your experiences at work. Survey findings will fill a critical gap in knowledge & inform workplace responses & support. Access the survey here

Monash University with Harmony Alliance are surveying migrant and refugee women’s experiences and views around behaviour they experience in work settings. The survey is being conducted under the auspices of Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC) Project 32812.

The Victorian Stolen Generation Reparations Package is aimed at members of the Stolen Generations who were removed from their families in Victoria. The Package aims to help address the trauma and suffering caused by the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families, community, culture, identity and language.

Eligible applicants can receive a range of reparations, including:

There are three ways to apply:

Assessment of applications will start in June 2022.

Some advance payments to people who are terminally or critically ill will start before this date. Applications from elderly people or people with poor or declining health will be prioritised.

Applications close: Wednesday 31 March 2027.

Access to The Orange Door across Victoria continues to grow with two new access points officially opened in August.

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Ros Spence opened the Hastings access point as part of the Bayside Peninsula network and launched the Echuca access point, which is an expansion of the Loddon Orange Door network. The additional sites provide further access to family violence support services for people in the Mornington Peninsula and Campaspe Shire. Statewide coverage of The Orange Door across Victoria will be completed by the end of 2022.

Family safety Victoria is surveying the family violence and sexual assault workforce throughout September to better understand workforce needs.

If you work in a role that provides services to clients of specialist family violence services (including services to victim survivors and perpetrators / people using family violence), sexual assault support services, Aboriginal family violence services and/or The Orange Door network, then we want to hear from you.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes and does not need to be completed in one sitting. The survey is open until 5 October and is anonymous.

Take the survey here

The Victorian Government recognises that ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing workforce shortages mean that not all practitioners will be able to be hired in precise accordance with the Mandatory Minimum Qualifications policy at this early stage of implementation. The transition period, running until 30 June 2026, is an opportunity to adjust to the new settings. We will continue to work with peak bodies, employers, unions and the tertiary education sector to monitor the impacts on the sector through the Transition Monitoring Advisory Group and to inform a review the Policy in 2024-25.

Read the news brief here

The fourth of seven Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor reports for 2021-2022 has now been published – Monitoring Victoria’s family violence reforms: Primary prevention system architecture 

Read the latest report here

Over the last couple of years we’ve asked thousands of practitioners what were their biggest practice challenges now that MARAM is part of our everyday work. Based on the sector’s answers, the Centre is developing a series of free practice-oriented workshops called  “Putting MARAM into Practice”. Starting in early September, the first 3 topics in the series are:

Advanced Case Notes in a Family Violence Setting

Maintaining Client Engagement in a Family Violence Setting

Advanced Risk Assessment and Safety Planning 

Register your interest here

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