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Appendix 2: list of terms and acronyms

Everybody Matters Inclusion and Equity Blueprint 2019-2022.

Term or acronym Definition

Adolescent family Violence

Violence used by young people against family members.


Court Services Victoria

Broader family violence system

Includes: government departments and agencies, police, courts and the justice system and all family violence and child and family services working in prevention, early intervention and response

DCI Working Group

Diverse Communities and Intersectionality Working Group


Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (formerly part of the Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS])


Department of Health (formerly part of the Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS)


Department of Health and Human Services (since 1 February 2021, this Department was split into DH and DFFH)


Department of Justice and Community Safety


Department of Premier and Cabinet


Crime Statistics Agency

Elder abuse

“Any harm or mistreatment of an older person that is committed by someone with whom the older person has a relationship of trust. In the context of family violence, this may be abuse by any person who is a family member (such as their partner or adult children) or carer. Elder abuse may take any of the forms defined under ‘family violence’.”

Source: MARAM Practice Guides: Foundation Knowledge


Family Safety Victoria


Family Violence Outcomes Framework


Family Violence Data Collection Framework


Judicial College of Victoria


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse, Intersex, Queer and Questioning


Multicultural Affairs


Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework


Magistrates' Court of Victoria


National Disability Insurance Scheme


Office for the Prevention of Family Violence and Coordination

Primary prevention

Primary prevention of family violence is distinct from secondary or tertiary prevention, which are also known as early intervention and response respectively. Primary prevention aims to stop all forms of family violence and violence against women from happening in the first place by focusing on the underlying causes or drivers of the violence.

An effective primary prevention approach will support and complement early intervention and crisis response by reducing pressure on these parts of the system.


Royal Commission into Family Violence


Respect Victoria

Specialist family violence service system

Includes: family violence support services and counselling, perpetrator services adolescent family violence services, refuge and crisis accommodation, and family violence advocacy and capacity building

Specialist sexual assault services Includes: Sexual Assault Support Services and Sexually Abusive Behaviour Treatment Services

Specialist Family Violence Courts

Targeted services

Services that provide specialist family violence support for targeted community groups (such as LGBTIQ, ethno-specific, people with a disability). May also include targeted community services in primary prevention or early intervention.

Universal services

Services available to whole of population such as health care (including hospitals), schools and childcare centres


Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Vic Pol

Victoria Police


Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council


Whole of Victorian Government

Reviewed 04 October 2021

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