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Review and update standards for family violence service providers

Recommendation:
140
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Family Safety Victoria

The Department of Health and Human Services review and update standards for family violence service providers (including men’s behaviour change programs). The standards should specify providers’ obligation to develop suitable services for diverse communities, consistent with their obligation to provide non-discriminatory services under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) and the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

  • Family Safety Victoria (FSV) will work with peak organisations and other key stakeholders to develop standards that support appropriate and effective practice across the family violence sector.

    These standards will address the needs of diverse communities and will align with key family violence initiatives, including the redeveloped Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) and the design of The Orange Door Network.

  • Family Safety Victoria has updated and/or developed the following standards for family violence service providers:

    • the redevelopment of MARAM
    • the establishment of the first 7 Orange Door areas, as outlined in Recommendations 37 to 40
    • information sharing reforms, as outlined at Recommendations 5 to 8
    • men's behaviour change program standards, as outlined in Recommendation 91.

    Family Safety Victoria is working in partnership with Domestic Violence Victoria to develop specialist family violence program requirements which will cover crisis responses, refuge services and case management service models that will be implemented over 2020-21.

    This work also supports the implementation of Recommendation 164, which seeks to ensure that the needs of diverse and faith communities are addressed in updated standards.

  • Forecast implementation date: 31 July 2021.

Reviewed 07 January 2021

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