Who is leading the change
- Victoria Police
Victoria Police determine its baseline model for family violence teams and consider appointing dedicated youth resource officers to provide support to young people and their families following police attendance at an incident in which an adolescent has used violence in the home.
Victoria Police have undertaken a review of family violence team arrangements to develop a new statewide operating model for family violence teams. This review is in line with the Royal Commission into Family Violence's recommendations and forms part of the Victoria Police Organisational Structure Work Package.
The review has looked at the roles and responsibilities of Family Violence Teams and how to provide a consistent, best-practice structure for policing family violence.
Implementing this revised model and functions will provide the foundation for further reforms to operational practice, particularly involvement of liaison officers with family violence teams.
Victoria Police commenced implementation of the Family Violence Investigation Model in July 2018.
The model provides for a specialist investigative response by a range of dedicated, ongoing police and support personnel, including family violence-specific training officers, intelligence analysts, police managers, investigators, trainers, court liaison officers, clinicians and project personnel.
Upon reviewing the existing positions and expertise across Victoria Police that regularly engage and support young people, Victoria Police will be utilising existing structures to ensure greater support for adolescent who use family violence. This structure includes, but is not limited to, the work undertaken by the Family Violence Liaison Officers, Youth Resource Officers and Youth Specialist Officers.
Reviewed 17 May 2020