What is the EMR RFVP?


Established in 2007 under the Victorian family violence reforms, the Regional Family Violence Partnership (RFVP) is an alliance of organisations committed to working together to address family violence in the eastern metropolitan region. Our goal is to build a system to support women and children's safety and agency, and hold perpetrators of family violence accountable for their behaviour. 


Through collective effort, the Regional Family Violence Partnership will build a system that provides safety and justice to all women and children experiencing family violence in our region; and will work to build an equitable society that prevents violence against women and their children, their families and communities in all its forms.

Operational Principles

To carry out our mission, the RFVP works with the following key principles:

  • Safety for women and children; ensuring the needs and independent rights of children who live with or experience family violence are upheld
  • Women's right to access information enabling them to make informed decisions; providing choice, control and agency over their lives and future
  • Strengthening risk management and accountability mechanisms for perpetrators
  • Acknowledgement and recognition of the distinctive rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; the importance of cultural safety and the right to work within culturally relevant frameworks
  • Recognition of the diversity of individuals and communities; promoting inclusion and cultural safety
  • Recognition of a human rights approach including a gendered analysis
  • Preventing violence before it happens; including a commitment to applying a prevention lens to all elements of our partnership's work
  • In the spirit of partnership; collaborating to achieve a coordinated response to family violence and sexual assault

Advocacy Framework

In August 2013, the RFVP Executive Committee held a workshop to develop a strong and effective advocacy framework to guide the Partnerships advocacy across the service system. Our advocacy aims to progress social change and eliminate family violence, and to improve responsiveness when family violence does occur.

Click here to view the RFVP Advocacy Framework.

Memorandum of Understanding

The RFVP is guided by a Memorandum of Understanding which describes the relationships of stakeholders to each other in this forum, to the community it serves and to the delivery of services in the family violence sector.

Click here to download the current MoU (2015-2018).

Strategic Plan

The 2015-2018 Strategic Plan was developed in 2014, setting the RFVP's agenda for the next three years. The plan is based on five priority areas (safety, accountability, prevention, diversity and children) and is designed to be outcomes focused, measurable, fact based and frequently reviewed for its effectiveness.

Click here to download the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan.

Click here to download the 2011-2014 Strategic Plan.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is responsible for driving and monitoring the implementation of family violence integration at a regional level. Executive Committee members represent sectors who stand to undergo the most significant change under the family violence reform integration process. Persons who sit at a managerial decision-making level within signatory agencies may nominate as Working Group Chairs and some are appointed as sector representatives on the Executive Committee.

RFVP Chair

The RFVP has an Independent Chair who guides decision-making in the Executive Committee according to a consensus decision-making model. The role of the Chair is to facilitate Executive Committee meetings, delegate responsibilities to committee members, and support robust discussion while maintaining focus on the mission and principles of the partnership and family violence reform policy.

Regional Integration Coordinator

The Regional Integration Coordinator (RIC) is a key role within the family violence system reform and is instrumental in the development and coordination of the RFVP. The role is of strategic leadership in steering integration initiatives and activities that support the achievement of the strategic plan.

If you would like to access minutes from RFVP Executive Committee meetings or Working Groups please contact the RFVP Regional Integration Coordinator on 03 9259 4200.

Memorandum of Understanding: Signatory Agencies

Membership of the RFVP consists of various agencies offering a funded response to family violence. Current signatories under the 2015-2018 Memorandum of Understanding are:

  • Anchor Inc
  • Anglicare
  • Australian Childhood Foundation
  • Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS)
  • Carrington Health
  • Connections UnitingCare
  • Department of Justice, Communtiy Corrections
  • DHHS - Inner Eastern Melbourne Area
  • Doncare
  • Eastern Access Community Health (EACH)
  • Eastern Centre against Sexual Assault (ECASA)
  • Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS)
  • Family Access Network
  • InTouch: Multicultural Centre against Family Violence
  • Kara House
  • Migrant Information Centre
  • Mitcham Family Violence Service
  • MonashLink (now Link Health and Community)
  • Relationships Australia Victoria
  • UnitingCare Harrison
  • Wesley Mission
  • Women's Health East
  • Women's Liberation Halfway House

The RFVP also works closely with other key state-wide and regional partners including Victoria Police, the Magistrates' Court of Victoria, Safe Steps and Domestic Violence Victoria.

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