Publications, grant opportunities, resources and links


Family Violence Protection Act Amendment Bill 2017

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Homelessness Children’s Brokerage Program

The Homeless Children’s Brokerage Program was established to enhance opportunities for children experiencing homelessness and/or family violence to:

  • Engage and maintain their education (including early education services such as childcare and kindergarten).
  • Reduce social isolation by enhancing access to a range of support, social and recreational opportunities within their community.
  • Provide social and emotional growth opportunities for children and provide opportunities to increase relational bonds between parents/carers and children.

Children’s Brokerage Application Form Childrens Brokerage Guidelines Statewide Children’s Wellbeing Proforma 2013.

Children’s Brokerage Guidelines

Statewide Children’s Wellbeing Proforma 2013.


Children’s booklet – homelessness and family violence – Statewide resource

A core function of the statewide Children’s Resource Program is to develop resources for children who are experiencing homelessness and family violence. This year we have developed a booklet that aims to provide children with helpful information and options for them to express their feelings and emotions. The booklet has been designed, illustrated, and prepared to be available for agencies as a PDF to print for each child accessing your service. We hope that this will encourage meaningful conversation, healing and fun for all ages.  If you require any assistance with printing please feel free to contact Paul Pfeiffer at

CRP Activity Workbook Final



Information Sheet for Funding Applications to Goulburn IFV Committee

Goulburn Funding Application Form – Family Violence

Ovens Murray Information Sheet for Grant Applications to Strategic Family Violence Committee V5

Ovens Murray Funding Application Form – Family Violence



Human Rights toolkit for women and girls with disability.



Research briefs from Monash University

OurWatch newsletter January 2017


Grants available

1. Aboriginal Benefits Foundation grant

The Foundation provides grants to Aboriginal communities and individuals to support projects which benefit the Aboriginal health, welfare and education. The Foundation education through art projects which will benefit health and wellbeing, and meet the needs of individuals and communities with a connection to Aboriginal art

Please see website for guidelines and details regarding the application process.

Grants are available from $500 to $10,000 – Applications are ongoing.

2. Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program

The aim of this grant is to;

  • Alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage;
  • Demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage
  • Strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage.

Grants of $0.00 to $10,000 available – Please see website for guidelines and details regarding the application process. Applications are ongoing

3. Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund – Stronger Regional Communities Plan

Communities are important. The purpose if this grant is to support rural and regional towns in attracting families and young people to live and work by investing in community-led initiatives and partnerships that create or enhance the conditions for economic growth and build resilient, diversified and sustainable economies.

Grants are available up to $50,000 for rural areas

Please see website for guidelines and details regarding the application process – Applications are ongoing.

 4. The RE Ross Trust Grants

The Ross trust will be directing resources towards projects and other activities which address disadvantage and inequity, encourage and promote social inclusiveness, community connectedness, health and wellbeing and protect

And preserve Australia flora and fauna.  The trust directs its resources to areas of the highest priority need where there is the greatest potential for impact. The trust currently accepts applications under four chosen impact areas;

  • Improved outcomes for the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised Victorians
  • Improved outcomes for children and young people at risk (0-18 years)
  • Improved access to and achievement of equity and excellence in public education
  • Protection and preservation of Australia flora and fauna

The trust will consider applications for the following purposes;

  • Specific activities, services, projects and programs
  • Building and strengthening organisational capacity and general operations

Please see website for guidelines and details regarding the application process. Grants are available up to $30,000. Applications are ongoing

5. Sidney Myer Fund – Education Program

The purpose of this grant is to contribute to enabling Australians to achieve the best possible educational outcomes, irrespective of their cultural background, socio-economic status and place of residence.

Grants are available up to $10,000

Please see website for guidelines regarding the application process. Applications are ongoing

6. Albury Wodonga “Prevention of violence against women” grants program

For further information, email

MISSION The Prevention of Violence against Women Grants Program has been established in response to the rising incidences of family violence in the Albury Wodonga Communities. Since 2015, the Albury and Wodonga Councils have jointly hosted the annual White Ribbon Ball to raise awareness of the issue amongst local businesses and community members. Profits from the event fund the grant program.


  • Contribute to local research and understanding of the issue to drive prevention efforts
  • Reinforce gender equity and respectful relationships in workplaces, schools, clubs or broader community settings
  • Raise awareness in the community of the prevalence and impacts of family violence in Albury Wodonga
  • Increase knowledge of available services and assistance for those experiencing family violence, and
  • Provide support for the victims of family violence.


AIFS Studies – Domestic & Family Violence in Rural, Regional and Remote Communities

Excerpt: Rates of domestic and family violence are higher in regional, rural and remote areas. Geographical and social structures in these communities, as well as unique social values and norms, result in specific experiences of domestic and family violence. These issues also affect responses to domestic and family violence in non-urban communities, and women’s ability to seek help and access services. Poor understanding of domestic and family violence by health, social and legal services in regional, rural and remote communities has been identified as a significant issue for survivors of domestic and family violence (George & Harris, 2015; Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre, 2015). This paper provides a brief overview for understanding the issues unique to domestic and family violence in regional, rural and remote communities.

Click here for further information.


Choosing Positive Paths Resource Kit – for protective parent’s and carer’s to support children effected by family violence 












The Lookout website – Victoria’s state-wide site for family violence information

Click here to access the site


Child Safety Standards – Victoria

Click here for link to DHHS website for more information.


LINKS to Ovens Murray and Goulburn specialist family violence  organisations websites:

Centre Against Violence

Gateway Health

Primary Care Connect

St Vincent De Paul – Marian Community

Nexus Primary Health



AIFS – Evaluation of the 2012 family violence amendments – Family Law

This report sets out the overall findings of the Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments. The evaluation examined the effects of amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)  that were intended to improve the family law system’s responses to matters involving family violence and safety concerns.

Click here to read the report.


Coroner’s Inquest into the Death of Luke Batty - 28 September 2015



The World’s Women – What it’s like to be a women in 2015. United Nations report.

WOMEN worldwide live longer lives and are more educated than at any time in the past 20 years, but more than a third have been victims of violence, a UN report says. The findings are contained in The World’s Women, a five-year study providing an up-to-date, global picture of the progress of women and girls on critical issues in their lives.


Domestic Violence in Australia (Report-Parliament of Australia)

Extract from Executive Summary: In 2013, the World Health Organisation found that more than one third of all women have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence and that these findings show it is a ‘global public health problem of epidemic proportions requiring urgent action’.[1]

In Australia, women are over-represented in intimate partner homicides. 89 women were killed by their current or former partner between 2008-10 which equates to nearly one woman every week.[2] However, in 2015, the statistics to date shows that this number is increasing with two Australian women killed by domestic violence each week.[3]

The committee heard the areas which will make a real difference are:

The committee believes this report has the potential to become an important contribution to community awareness of the challenges, collective effort and commitment required to prevent and ultimately eliminate domestic and family violence. It should be read in conjunction with the large body of work completed and underway in this area, including the report by the Queensland Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence, chaired by the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, along with the work of COAG and the Second Action Plan.

Click Here to download the report.


Betrayal of Trust

Betrayal of Trust fact sheet – July 2015


Asylum Seekers – Fact Sheet

Asylum seeker fact sheet DHHS 2015


Supporting Young Children’s Rights – Statement of Intent 2015-2018 (Australian Human Rights Commission)

Statement of Intent 2015-2018


Failure to Protect – Legislation

Victoria – Failure To Protect


Failure to Disclose – Legislation

Victoria – Failure to Disclose


Grooming – Legislation

Victoria – Grooming


Landscapes of violence: women surviving family violence in regional and rural Victoria

A new research report from Deakin University, Centre for Rural and Regional Law and Justice, where family violence survivors have identified issues and barriers they have encountered, and have provided suggestions in regards to how both the criminal justice system and the broader Victorian community might assist survivors and help prevent family violence.

Link to report


Intimate Partner Sexual Violence – A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse 

A new resource –  Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV) is the most common type of sexual violence and a common component of domestic violence, yet most cases go unreported and service responses are often inadequate. This book brings together advice for all those professionals working with individuals who have experienced IPSV and puts forward recommendations to tackle this prevalent form of sexual violence.

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence – book flyer


Diagrammatic Brochures on Domestic Violence available from Neighbourhood Watch

A number of the people involved in domestic violence are not comfortable with reading English.  To address this, Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Victoria has recently undertaken a project to develop a diagrammatic brochure on domestic violence.

In 2013, NHW Victoria received a grant from NHW Australasia of $10,000 to undertake the project.  The funds were made available by the Australian Government. The project was undertaken by a team made up of representatives from Manningham NHW, Manningham City Council, Doncare and Victoria Police.   The brochures have been produced in two sizes; a DL size for the general public and a “purse-size” (6.5 cm x 10cm) for the victims of the violence.  Copies of the two brochures are attached.  At this point the supplies of the brochures are limited.  Therefore, I am checking whether you would like supplies of the brochures (at no cost) and if so, how many you would like initially.  At this stage we have to limit the quantities to 50 of the DL size and 120 of the purse-size brochures. If you would like supplies of the brochures, please complete the attached Order Form and return it to Geoff Kloot, Neighbourhood Watch  If you place an order, may need to follow up with a phone call on 03 9850 7462

Diagrammatic Brochure – DV Pocket

Diagrammatic Brochure – DV DL size

Diagrammatic Brochure Order Form


Our Watch new name and website released

The Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children have launched their new name, Our Watch. Their mandate is to stop violence before it occurs. For more information, refer to their website or their strategic plan.


Youthlaw Online service

Megan King is Youthlaw’s Online Lawyer. Megan will be running the skype service from this point onwards and will be available to skype/teleconference with clients on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Occasionally there may be changes to the days/hours available for appointments, but this will be marked on the Youthlaw google calendar well in advance. The instructions on how to use the Youthlaw online shared calendar are attached again for your reference.   You can either contact Megan on this email address or You can also call on (03) 9611 2433.



What is Family Violence? – Fact sheets in community languages

Please see below a link to information available on the DHS website regarding family violence, now available in 14 community languages. The fact sheets were developed in consultation with inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, and aim to provide some basic information for women and children from a range of CALD backgrounds in regard to family violence, their rights and how the service system can help them. The fact sheets can be printed by services as needed.

Fact sheets


 OVERCOMING BARRIERS: A toolkit to improve responses to CALD women and children who have experienced family violence.

Northern Integrated Family Violence Services have developed a toolkit for professionals. Overcoming Barriers provides practitioners with advice and resources to support their response to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women and children who have experienced family violence.

This toolkit is based on the premise that practitioners will have undertaken training in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence and have an understanding of the Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF). This is critical to ensuring practitioners understand family violence and risk assessment before focusing on CALD women and children’s experience of family violence.

The information provided is based on the expertise of service providers in the northern metropolitan region. As such, this toolkit does not provide a full account of the evidence relating to best practice with CALD communities. It should also be noted that this toolkit is not a cultural competency/sensitivity tool.

Click here for more information.


Women’s Health Victoria: Building leadership from where I stand : preventing violence against women : forum proceedings

Proceedings of a forum on 26th August 2014 hosted by:

  • Women’s Health Victoria (WHV) in conjunction with
  • Women’s Health Association of Victoria (WHAV)

The forum provided a platform for women’s health services, local government, service providers, businesses and other partner organisations to explore opportunities for coordination, leadership and promising practice in the prevention of violence against women.



Our Watch – 5 Year Strategic Plan

5 year Strategic Plan


New Report: Helping Not Hindering: Uncovering Domestic Violence and Utility Debt

The Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre (CUAC) has launched its latest report, Helping Not Hindering – Uncovering Domestic Violence and Utility Debt


New laws introduced to Victorian Parliament 24 August 2014

The Minister for Community Services, Mary Wooldridge MP announced that over the past week a number of important pieces of new legislation have been introduced to Parliament, which will further protect and empower victims of violence and hold perpetrators to account, increase accountability and oversight of sex offenders, improve sexual offences laws and in relation to sexting.

140820 Wells – No escape under tough new sex offender laws

140820 Napthine-Clark – New laws to better protect victims of family violence

140821 Clark – Major reforms to sexual offences law

140821 Clark – Government to reform laws relating to ‘sexting’


The Benevolent Society – Resources

Practice Resource – Infants at Risk of Abuse and Neglect

Practice Resource – Resilience Practice Framework – Cumulative Harm is a place where Victorian family violence workers and women experiencing violence can go to find information, resources and services aimed at preventing and responding to family violence. It is also for family, friends and neighbours of women experiencing family violence, as well as other professionals who support them in the course of their work.


Submission: Senate inquiry into domestic violence in Australia

Submission of Women’s Health Victoria to the Finance and Public Administration Committee Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia 31 July 2014



Toolkit for GP’s – how to ask and respond to disclosures of family violence


Toolkit for Hospital Staff

AMA Supporting Patients Experiencing Family Violence Resource _0


Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria e-news July 2014

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Vic e-news July 2014


Gendered Violence Research Network Website

Gendered Violence Research Network [Website]


Free Telstra pre-paid cards for Domestic Violence clients

Telstra has introduced an assistance program – The Telstra Pre-Paid Recharge Program provides $20 pre-paid mobile recharge cards, at no cost, to support community agencies helping survivors of domestic violence who depend on a Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile for their communications. To inquire about this program send an email to or call 1800 804 591


Victoria Police – Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence 2014

The Family Violence Coordination Unit regularly reviews and updates the Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence (the Code).

An update has been released available here

The Code of Practice (last updated in November 2012) sets a best practice approach to police responsibilities when responding to and investigating family violence. It outlines criminal, civil and referral options for members who attend and supervise family violence incidents.

Edition 3 (2014) includes a foreword from CCP Ken Lay and the following key amendments:

Enhanced advice on Risk Assessment

  • Identifying the Primary Aggressor
  • Cross applications
  • New legislation on searching for and seizing firearms and other weapons in response to interstate orders
  • A new section on adolescents as perpetrators of family violence
  • Enhanced information on Family Law provisions
  • Parenting Plans
  • Recovery Orders for children
  • Extension of  Family Violence Safety Notices (FVSN) to 120 hours
  • New indictable offences for Contravention of FVSN and Family Violence Intervention Orders
  • Further information about Charge and Remand
  • A new section on the role of Family Violence Teams

Due to the professionalisation of an increasingly specialised workforce, the next iteration of the Code will be drafted as internal “Family Violence Investigative Guidelines”, ie. specific instructions for police member; accompanied by an external Statement of Commitment including the cornerstones of the Code – the options model (criminal, civil, referral), and a pro-arrest, pro-charge approach.


Resources for children experiencing anxiety and bad habits – Lighthouse

CALD Communities: Resource for communicating appointment details with your client

Online abuse, stalking and harassment needs to be taken more seriously (Women’s Aid)

What’s wrong with this picture? Pornography and how men view women

Investigation of men’s violence towards women in men’s behaiour change programs

Talking with your children about mental illness

Children: The new face of Homelessness

Priorities for Victorian Women’s Health 2014-2018 Women’s Health Victoria

Louise Ormond-Plummer website: Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

Long-term effects of abuse and neglect for adult survivors

Cleainghouse: Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women

Foundation to Prevention Violence Against Women and Children: Report of National Consultations

Working for Change: Innovations and Interventions for Men who are Violence Towards Women

Research: Gendered Violence and Citizenship

ELDER ABUSE – Prevention Information Kit

DV Vic Elder Abuse Prevention Information kit

Through A Child’s Eyes – fabulous resource for professionals and families.

CRP – Through A Child’s Eyes 2013

Review of sexual offences (Victoria)

Please click on the hyperlink for more information –


WDVCS Disability Action Plan

Once you’ve clicked onto the hyperlink, scroll to the bottom of the page – ‘other’ title and select number 32 – Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service.’ Happy Reading –

Reoffending following sentencing in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

Click here to view a copy of this report, datedJune 2013.

Peter Shergold Report – VCOSS

Click here to download a copy of the report, dated 13 July 2013/

Our sector is not short of reports, blueprints, whitepapers and plans but sometimes it's hard to find them in the one place at the right time. Similarly we all come across helpful websites that deserve to be shared among colleagues. We'll add to this collection regularly and ask you to keep us abreast of any appropriate publications. Contact us with your suggestions.

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan)

Published by FAHCSIA The National Plan is the first plan to coordinate action across jurisdictions. The National Plan is unprecedented in the way it aims is to bring attitudinal and behavioural change at the cultural, institutional and individual levels, with a particular focus on young people.

Victoria’s Action Plan to Address Violence against Women and Children: 2012-2015

Violence against women and children cannot be addressed through the police, justice or community services portfolios alone. Even though these portfolios are integral, other areas such as health, mental health, housing, crime prevention, Aboriginal affairs, education, local government, employment, sport, recreation and youth have roles to play in preventing violence against women and children and in assisting women and children to rebuild their lives if they have experienced violence.

A Right to Safety and Justice – Strategic Framework to Guide Continuing Family Violence Reform in Victoria 2010-2020

A Right to Safety and Justice: Strategic Framework to Guide Continuing Family Violence Reform in Victoria 2010 –2020 is the Government’s framework providing a clear mandate for how we will continue to improve our responses to victims of family violence.

Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence 2011 – version 2

Victoria Police regards family violence as extremely serious and often it is criminal behaviour. Police acknowledge family violence is complex by nature and undertake to treat all victims with dignity and respect.

Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework

The framework was developed in consultation with Victorian family violence service providers, police and courts and based upon international research. It is the linchpin of the integrated family violence service system in Victoria. It provides a common language for all agencies to talk about risk assessment and promotes a shared understanding of the issues underpinning family violence

A Right to Respect: Victorian Government plan 2010 to 2020

This document outlines the Victorian government’s response to prevent violence against women from 2010 to 2020.

Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Stong Families

This 10 year plan was written by the Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum of Indigenous community representatives from the 10 regions across the State.

The Family Violence Protection Act 2008

Need to know the letter of the law? Here it is.

Raped by a Partner

A comprehensive research report by Women’s Health Goulburn North East.

Integrated Family Violence Strategic Plan 2011-2013

The Hume Region Integrated Family Violence strategy that got us to where we are today.

Strategic Plan 2013-2015

The next two years for the network acording to our strategic plan.

Coroner’s Report

Coroner’s Court of Victoria systemic review of family violence deaths. Published in November 2012. Disturbing reading.


  • Family Violence Intervention Orders

This part of the Magistrate’s Court website provides a solid overview of Family Violence Intervention Orders including applying for an responding to them.

Visit website

  • Personal Safety Intervention Orders

Information of Personal Safety Intervention Orders, particularly relevant for situations in which there is no family relationship. These orders replaced stalking-related orders in 2011.

Visit website

  • Men’s Behaviour Change Programs

Men’s behaviour change groups are for men who have been violent and controlling towards a current or previous partner and are now starting to think about change. Participants talk, share information, and challenge and support each other to be better men, partners, and fathers.

Visit website

  • Domestic Violence Victoria

The peak body for domestic (family) violence services in Victoria.

Visit website

Entitled ‘SECRET WARZONE’ Ellena Savage skillfully explores domestic violence by interweaving frank narratives of women from different social strata, perspectives from the police sector, and personal reflections (Australian Women Against Violence Alliance,

“The language of rights eventually enabled Margeurita to escape an abusive partner, but the structures of gender-based violence go far deeper that an individual’s ability to understand and articulate her rights. Even women who are well-versed in the language of rights continue to experience gender-based violence.” To read the article in it’s entirity, click here.