Diverse Communities and Intersectionality Working Group

The Diverse Communities and Intersectionality (DCI) Working Group brings together representatives from the community sector, the Victim Survivor Advisory Council and Victorian Government departments.

Our role

To support government to build an intersectional approach to family violence reforms, so the new family violence system can understand and respond to the needs of all Victorians.

Diverse communities include:

  • Aboriginal communities
  • diverse cultural, linguistic and faith communities
  • people with disabilities
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) people
  • people experiencing mental health issues
  • older people
  • people working in the sex industry
  • women in or exiting prison or forensic institutions
  • rural, regional and remote communities
  • male victims
  • young people and adolescents
  • a housing/homelessness perspective is also included

Individual and structural power imbalances within society means a person from one or more of these parts of our community, can be at increased risk of experiencing family violence.

The intersecting identities will also change the way a person experiences family violence, and access to support and services to stay safe and recover from violence.


  • Women with Disabilities Victoria (Co-chair)
  • Victim Survivor Advisory Council (Family Violence)
  • InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd.
  • Mallee District Aboriginal Services
  • Gippsland Lakes Community Health
  • Victorian AIDS Council
  • Seniors Rights Victoria
  • Youth Affairs Council of Victoria
  • Women’s Mental Health Network Victoria
  • Launch Housing
  • Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
  • Multifaith Advisory Group (of VMC)
  • Domestic Violence Victoria
  • Annie North Women’s Refuge
  • Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault
  • Inner South Community Health
  • Multicultural Centre for Women's Health
  • Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality
  • Commissioner for Senior Victorians
  • Court Services Victoria
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Justice and Regulation
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet (Co-chair)

More information


Reviewed 27 June 2019

Family violence reform

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