Determine whether family violence and sexual assault services should be unified

In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Family Safety Victoria

The Victorian Government review family violence and sexual assault services to determine whether and, if so, how family violence and sexual assault responses should be unified.

  • Our response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence will support greater collaboration and better coordination between family violence and sexual assault services across a number of areas of reform. Key areas of focus include:

    • reform of the information sharing regime, with Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASAs) as prescribed organisations
    • under legislation
    • redevelopment of the Family Violence Multi Agency Risk Assessment and Risk Management (MARAM) Framework,
    • considering the interrelated roles and responsibilities of CASAs
    • development of the Specialist Family Violence Service Model which will provide guidance about collaborative
    • practice including with sexual assault services
    • establishment of The Orange Door Network, with opportunities to build greater understanding about family violence related sexual assault in risk and needs assessment, management and planning

    Specialist family violence and sexual assault services are also being encouraged to build on the learning and evidence from innovative partnerships already in place.

  • A range of reforms are contributing to the implementation of this recommendation, including:

    • the changes to the information sharing regime
    • the implementation of the redeveloped MARAM Framework
    • the development of the Specialist Family Violence Service Model
    • the development of a sexual assault strategy,
    • strengthening the interface between sexual assault services and The Orange Door Network,
    • working with Aboriginal community to design a training package and practice tools for Aboriginal workforce about responding to disclosures of sexual abuse
    • the implementation of 3 Aboriginal designed and led sexual assault programs,
    • continuing to roll out the Sexually Abusive Behaviours Treatment Services

    A one-day workshop about embedding MARAM has been co-hosted by No To Violence, Domestic Violence Victoria and CASA Forum.

    Sexual assault services, including CASAs located in multi-disciplinary centres (MDCs), are working to determine how these services interact with The Orange Door Network. This work is focused on ensuring victim survivors of sexual assault have access to support based on their needs and choices.

    To respond to this recommendation, Sexual Assault Services Victoria (formerly known as CASA Forum) and Domestic Violence Victoria undertook a project to consider the interface between family violence and sexual assault sectors. This project was supported by a Technical Advisory Group comprised of representatives from both sectors and focuses on opportunities for shared case work, secondary consultation and learning and development between the two sectors. As part of this project, consideration has been given to the question about alignment between the sectors.

  • Forecast implementation date: 30 June 2022.

Reviewed 06 January 2021

Was this page helpful?