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Family violence and sexual assault

Make a difference to people’s lives in a career that’s meaningful, challenging and incredibly rewarding.

Be part of a dynamic workforce to make a positive change so that everyone can feel safe where they live.

A career in family violence and sexual assault offers a range of roles to expand your skills and enrich your life.

There are jobs for people with diverse backgrounds, experience, qualifications and skills, including those starting their careers, right across Victoria.

You can bring in your skills as a social or community services worker and transfer your skills and experience from other related fields, such as: mental health, housing and homelessness, drug and alcohol, child and family services, disability services and criminal justice.

Or you may be a student or graduate wanting to start your career.

Some response roles require specialist skills and experience, such as a social work or equivalent qualification. Other roles may suit people with broader skills, qualifications and experience who wish to pursue a career in family violence and sexual assault.

Find out more on the mandatory minimum qualifications required to work in specialist family violence.

You could be part of a team that makes positive change towards ending family violence and sexual assault.

About family violence and sexual assault work

Family violence and sexual assault work is about changing the story for people who are affected by it.

You can work in various areas providing advice to women and children who are experiencing, or have experienced, family violence and sexual assault. There are also opportunities to work with Aboriginal, LGTBIQ+ and multicultural communities, and people with a disability.

The roles in family violence and sexual assault are diverse – from case management and counselling to policy and research, to training and communication.

Who we’re looking for 

If you have empathy for others, you’re a good listener and communicator, and are passionate about making a difference in the lives of women, children and their families, there may be a job for you in the wide range of community organisations across Victoria.

You will also learn and grow through the support of your colleagues and on-the-job training in a flexible environment.

There’s a role for you 

There is a diverse range of roles within the sector, including:

  • Victim support services 
  • The Orange Door 
  • Sexual assault services 
  • Refuge services 
  • Perpetrator services 
  • Court advocacy and support 
  • Therapeutic support and counselling 
  • Primary prevention roles.

Find more information on the types of roles within the family violence and sexual assault sector. 

You can also learn more about the specific opportunities for students and graduates who want to work in family violence.


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