Practice & Policy Resources

EMR RFVP Referral Pathways Flowcharts

The EMR RFVP Referral Pathways flowcharts were developed by the Regional Family Violence Partnership Referral Pathways Working Group. The flowcharts are intended for use by agency workers to show entry points into the family violence sector.

Together for Equality and Respect: A Strategy to Prevent Violence against Women in Melbourne's East (2013-2017)

1. Together for Equality and Respect: A Strategy to Prevent Violence against Women in Melbourne's East (2013-2017)

2. Together for Equality and Respect Action Plan (2013-2017)

Together for Equality and Respect: A Strategy to Prevent Violence against Women in Melbournes East 2013-2017 stems from a partnership led by Women's Health East between all local government areas, community health services, primary care partnerships and medicare locals in the EMR, as well as the Regional Family Violence Partnership. The Strategy provides partner organisations with the opportunity to work together to prioritise, coordinate and integrate primary prevention efforts to prevent men's violence against women.

Safer Together Protocol (2015-2018)

The Safer Together Protocol has been developed as an extension of the 2008 state-wide template developed by DHHS, and a 2009 forum held for EMR stakeholders. The establishment of this protocol for the eastern metropolitan region is led by the Regional Family Violence Partnership as a key action under its 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. The document also refers to a number of protocols which underpin this Protocol. 

The purpose of the protocol is to articulate local referral and secondary consultation provcesses that provide:

  • Clear and succinct local referral processes to and from services (Family Violence, Child FIRST/Integrated Family Services, Child Protection and Victoria Police)
  • Clear and succinct local secondary consultation processes to and from services
  • Clarity around collaborative practice approaches.

This aims to strengthen practice that ensures the safety, protection and wellbeing of children and young people, as well as safety and empowerment for victims of family violence.

Reclaim Research Project Report: Preventing Violence Against Women (2011-2012)

Reclaim Research Project Report: Preventing Violence against Women 2011-12 is a report commissioned by Monashlink (now Link Health and Community) by Dr Tracy Castelino, looking at how to engage and empower staff and the organisation as a whole in developing a more effective and respectful response to violence against women.

Children Experiencing Family Violence: Working Together to Develop a Better Service Response (2009)

Children Experiencing Family Violence: Working Together to Develop a Better Service Response (Eastern Metropolitan Regional Family Violence Partnership 2009) was a report commissioned and managed by the Children's Needs and Mapping Working Group, a working group of the Eastern Regional Family Violence Executive Committee (now Eastern Metropolitan Regional Family Violence Partnership). Service providers in the EMR noted an increased number of children presenting to services with various difficulties, and the common experience of exposure to significant and/or chronic family violence. The complex nature of the service system made a co-ordinated service response for children and young people very difficult. This project addresses these issues by identifying current responses in the EMR, and identifying gaps and recommendations to improve the system.

Victorian State Legislation

State-wide Family Violence Policy

Victoria Police Policies and Strategies

Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF)

The Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework (also known as the Common Risk Assessment Framework or CRAF) is a key aspect of integrated family violence reforms. CRAF is a tool designed to help professionals and practitioners working in a range of fields to identify risk factors associated with family violence and respond appropriately to victims affected by family violence. The CRAF is utilised by specialist family violence services and a wide range of agencies and service sectors including housing and homelessness, the health sector, court registrars, police officers, Child Protection and disability workers.

For more information about the CRAF, please visit The Lookout

Royal Commission into Family Violence

The Royal Commission into Family Violence report was tabled in Parliament on 30 March 2016.

To view the full report and recommendations, please click here to visit the Royal Commission into Family Violence website.

Resources for Supporting Women and Children

Legal Resources

Men's Behaviour Change

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Elder Abuse

National Family Violence Policy

Change the Story: A Shared Framework for the Primary Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children in Australia

Safe at Home, Safe at Work

Home and Safe? Policy and Practice Innovations to Prevent Women and Children who have experienced Domestic and Family Violence from becoming Homeless

Policy and Practice innovations to prevent women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence from becoming homeless.

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