Who is leading the change
- Family Safety Victoria
The Department of Health and Human Services consult with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Multifaith Advisory Group, the Victorian Multicultural Commission and women from faith communities as part of its review of standards for specialist family violence service providers (including men’s behaviour change programs), to ensure that these standards and the associated services take account of the needs of people in faith communities who experience family violence.
The revision of standards for family violence service providers will be undertaken as part of the review of specialist family violence case management services. This review and update will require coordination and alignment with a range of interdependent reform work currently underway that will improve the responsiveness of the specialist family violence sector to diverse communities and people from faith communities.
As part of the review (and delivering on Recommendation 140), Family Safety Victoria will consult and work with Multicultural Affairs at Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Multifaith Advisory Group and the Victorian Multicultural Commission.
Consultation to support the development and implementation of the Case Management Program Requirements for specialist family violence services that support victim survivors (program requirements) has been completed.
The program requirements provide a comprehensive guide for specialist family violence case management services that support victim survivors and articulate expectations for services to enhance the quality and consistency of case practice across the state. They include a focus on meeting the needs of victim survivors from diverse communities including faith communities. Implementation of the program requirements commenced over 2022 and is nearing completion.
Men’s Behaviour Change Program standards have been revised and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework perpetrator guides have been released.
Reviewed 27 January 2023