Who is leading the change
- Department of Premier and Cabinet
The Victorian Government develop a demand-modelling tool or set of indicators to be used for planning how government as a whole and relevant departments and agencies themselves (including those providing or funding universal services) respond to family violence. Budget processes should take account of the cost of forecast demand.
The Department of Premier and Cabinet are undertaking a Family Violence Demand initiative to review and build on existing demand modelling approaches for family violence and related social and justice services.
Utilising an area-based approach, a new demand modelling tool is being developed. This tool will forecast the number of individuals in need of broad categories of services, such as perpetrator intervention services.
This will allow for demand modelling to support more person-centred services, including the new Support and Safety Hubs and multi-agency safeguarding.
The Family Violence Demand initiative has reviewed existing demand modelling approaches across individual services. Building on this, a new demand modelling tool is being developed to:
- use a client-focused approach to determine demand based on need (rather than service capacity), including population assessment for different geographical areas
- assess unmet and latent demand
- model how people experiencing family violence also interact with a wide range of relevant specialist and universal services, such as child protection, mental health, housing, police, courts and corrections
The tool will be refined to support family violence policy processes and decision making.
Reviewed 17 May 2020