Building from Strength: 10 Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response sets out Victoria’s vision for the family violence sector workforce. As part of this vision, “[i]n the future, workforces spanning specialist family violence services, primary prevention, community services, health, justice and education work together to respond to the complexity and harms of family violence, and to prevent it from occurring, creating a system that is flexible and dynamic and can respond to evolving economic and social trends.” Released in December 2017, the Plan will be underpinned by a series of Rolling Action Plans.
On 20 March 2019, FSSI and FSV delivered a forum entitled “Building from Strength: Transforming Systems and Improving Outcomes in Family Violence Together”. The forum was designed to engage sector leaders and experts on leading innovative change and practices to improve outcomes in family violence. The forum featured a keynote presentation by Professor Barbara MacQuarrie – Community Director of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at The University of Western Ontario – on Canada’s response to family violence. The forum also featured presentations and panels on the following topics:
- Reforming Practice: The Experience of the Orange Door in North Eastern Melbourne (NEMA);
- Aboriginal Self Determination, Dhelk Dja Partnership; and
- Effective Collaboration: An Organisational Perspective.
A series of breakout sessions enabled participants to explore a diverse range of topics including:
- Specialists and Generalists – transdisciplinary practice;
- Collaborating with victim survivors;
- Regional integration: How do we collaborate for best practice in the regions;
- Effective coordination of response to family violence across services and systems;
- MARAM: Unlocking the potential;
- Mapping the journey of perpetrators;
- Unpacking integrative practice; and
- Working with Children, Youth and Families who are Experiencing Family Violence and Including the Child’s Voice.
A total of 200 people registered for the event representing 73 organisations in the family violence sector, including courts, government bodies, and primary prevention services, and across all levels of seniority.