Who is leading the change
- Family Safety Victoria
The Victorian Government provide funding for the following:
- development and maintenance of legal and other resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities to support the identification and reporting of family violence, along with information about safe, accessible sources of support
- shared community education campaigns via LGBTI and family violence services to encourage LGBTI people who are experiencing family violence to seek help
- provision of training and advice to specialist family violence services
- for those LGBTI victims who cannot remain in their home, assistance with obtaining safe accommodation
Government has developed resources for educating and informing people from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTI+) communities about family violence and how to get help.
The community education materials developed align with other Victorian and national family violence initiatives.
An LGBTI+ family violence training module was developed and rolled out to mainstream family violence service providers in 2019–20.
Government has invested in the Statewide LGBTI+ Family Violence Inclusion Advisor position which focuses on building the capacity of specialist family violence services to support and respond to people from LGBTI+ communities.
Two safe accommodation projects have been funded and implemented to capture good practice, build capacity within the homelessness and family violence accommodation sectors, and develop and pilot sector-specific training materials and resources.
Government has also invested in the Rainbow Door service operated by Switchboard Victoria which provides family violence and mental health support to LGBTI+ communities and connects individuals and families to a range of support services.
The W/Respect LGBTI+ specialist service website was launched in September 2018 and contains community information to raise awareness about family violence and available services and supports, as well as resources for practitioners to support inclusive service responses. The website continues to be expanded and regularly updated, most recently with information relating to COVID-19.
A community education campaign was launched during the 2020 Midsumma Festival, including promotional material directing people to the W/Respect website.
Rainbow Health Victoria was funded to develop an LGBTI+ family violence training module for family violence service providers to support LGBTI+-inclusive policy and practice, with implementation occurring over 2019-20. Funding was provided to deliver the module to staff in the first tranche of 20 specialist family violence supported to undergo Rainbow Tick accreditation. The module is available on a fee-for-service basis to other services.
Since 2018, Family Safety Victoria has invested in the Statewide LGBTI+ Family Violence Inclusion Advisor position based at Domestic Violence Victoria to build the capacity of specialist family violence services to support and respond to people from LGBTI+ communities. From early 2021, this function will be undertaken by Rainbow Health Victoria as part of the new LGBTI+ Family Violence Capacity Building Initiative.
A project to build capacity in housing and homelessness services in the western and northern metropolitan areas to provide inclusive services was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Western Melbourne Area and Family Safety Victoria (FSV) in 2018-19, including a training package and resources for workers. Family Safety Victoria provided an additional year of funding to support extension of the learnings and resources to a state-wide level.
The LGBTI+ Inclusive Refuge Demonstration Project was funded in 2019-20 to build the capacity of 2 dispersed refuge services to provide safe and inclusive accommodation, including a toolkit to support the sharing of learnings and the development of better practice in this area of service provision.
In mid-2020 the Victorian Government, through the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Health and Human Services and Family Safety Victoria, funded Switchboard Victoria to establish the Rainbow Door service which provides mental health and family violence support to LGBTI+ communities. It also connects and refers individuals and families to a range of other support services.
Forecast implementation date: 30 June 2021.
Reviewed 06 January 2021