4.1 The family violence system intervenes early to identify and respond to family violence to prevent escalation

Indicator: Increase in people receiving help and support following first disclosure

Engagement with The Orange Door network after a referral helps ensure victim survivors can get the right services they need at the earliest opportunity. With The Orange Door network bringing together workers from specialist family violence, child and family, Aboriginal and perpetrator services, victim survivors’ diverse needs can be identified and met through connecting the victim survivor with the services they need.

Measure: Number and proportion of unique family violence clients who engaged with The Orange Door network following one or more police referrals

Since 2018, there has been an increasing number of family violence clients engaging with The Orange Door network following a police referral. The steep increase was due to the progressive expansion of The Orange Door network across Victoria and increased community awareness of the supports available.

Figure 1: Family violence clients who engaged with The Orange Door network following a police referral, Victoria, 2018 to 2022

Source: The Orange Door Client Relationship Management system

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Client roles included are 'victims/survivors' and 'perpetrators'.

Indicator: Decrease in people experiencing family violence who were previously in contact with services or police

Understanding the victim survivor’s pathway is critical to gauging change under this outcome. Further work is required, including data linkage, to better understand system interactions following a victim survivor’s first incident recorded by police.

Measure: Number and proportion of unique affected family members who had more than one family violence incident

In each reporting year, most affected family members have one family violence incident recorded with Victoria Police. This may reflect that these affected family members are getting the help they need and police intervention (often followed by family violence services) may be reducing the risk of future harm.

About one-quarter of affected family members were recorded with more than one family violence incident each year. The proportion of affected family members with more than one family violence incident has remained relatively stable since 2015 (between 23 and 26 per cent).

Figure 2: Affected family members who had more than one incident recorded by police within 12 months

Source: Victoria Police Law Enforcement Assistance Program data collected by Crime Statistics Agency

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