In April 2012, the Victorian Government initiated a landmark inquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations within religious and other non-government organisations. All practitioners in all services are expected to be familiar with these changes.
Reporting child sexual abuse is a community-wide responsibility. Accordingly, a new criminal offence has been created in Victoria that imposes a clear legal duty upon all adults to report information about child sexual abuse to police. The offence commenced on 27 October 2014.
This document provides general guidance for the implementation of the child safe standards to improve the way organisations that provide services for children prevent and respond to child abuse that may occur within their organisation.
Victims of family violence can now access support packages to assist with financial and practical support needs in order to leave abusive relationships or heal after leaving one.
EWOV is a not-for-profit, independent and impartial dispute resolution service. We provide Victorian energy and water customers with free, accessible, informal and fast dispute resolution.
A program to support women aged over 50 who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
K.Y.M. (Victoria) Inc is running a Program available to 17-64 year olds, supporting them to reengage into education, training and/or employment.
The No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) provides individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.
Presented by Uniting Care ReGen, The Family Methamphetamine First Aid program has been designed specifically for family members concerned or affected by a loved one’s use of methamphetamine (Ice). This program has been developed collaboratively with people who have a lived experience of the impacts of methamphetamine use on individual and family members’ wellbeing.
Inspiro provides a free generalist youth counselling service for young people aged between 12 to 25 who live, work or study in the Yarra Ranges, and may be dealing with depression, anxiety, bullying, harassment or managing relationships.
Housing.vic.gov.au makes it easier to find the right information about housing and housing assistance in Victoria.
People living in the outer western metropolitan region and the Yarra Ranges now have more access to free legal help to understand and take up their rights in dealing with Centrelink.
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug
Youthlaw has an online resource for young people called StreetSmart. It’s designed to be just as easy to use on a smartphone as it is on a tablet or desktop and it has all the important info young people need to know about police, Protective Services Officers (PSOs), ticket inspectors and security guards.
Uniting's Private Rental Assistance Program assists individuals and families who are vulnerable or at risk of being evicted from a rental property due to personal or financial crisis. We offer practical, tailored, one-off services to help people stay in secure and affordable private rental.
As a frontline worker, you are in a unique position to help the 1 in 4 women in Australia who have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.
Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRC) has complied a list of Family Violence support groups per region including groups for women; mothers and children; indigenous; and Parents of abusive children.
Forced marriage is increasingly being identified as an issue affecting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in the Australian community.
Overcoming Barriers provides practitioners with advice and resources to support their response to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women and children who have experienced family violence.
In late April, The Tenants Union launched their Family Violence Protection Tenancy Kit for tenants and workers as a “comprehensive and easy to use resource” which aims to highlight the not so known provisions under the Residential Tenancy Act which protects tenants against Family Violence related matters.
Melbourne City Mission is excited to launch a new sector resource; the ‘Housing Resource Cards.’ Designed, researched and co-ordinated by Melbourne City Mission, these cards act as a reference guide for young people and workers to explore and identify suitable and sustainable housing options available in the community.
Lifeline has developed a new double sided wallet card which outlines three steps (Ask; Stay & Listen; Get Help) to help people prevent suicide. The wallet card will be widely available to the Australian public to raise awareness and provide practical tools to assist in suicide prevention.
Housing focused support refers to the activities and interventions delivered by workers in Specialist Homelessness Services that aim to help people gain and sustain a home.
A collection of resources that provide information and highlight good practice for professionals working with CALD adolescents.
This resource sheet provides information to service providers and practitioners working in the child, family
and community welfare sector on how to report suspected child abuse and neglect. It defines child abuse
and neglect, and provides contact details for the reporting authority in each state and territory.
Our Community Food Guide is a resource for community agencies or anyone in the community who needs information about how to access affordable fresh and healthy food.
WIRE Women’s Information has published an easy-to-read information booklet on family violence – Family Violence: What you can do for yourself and your family.
The Centre for Multicultural Youth has created this infographic resource for young people with tips and information relating to mental health and the support that is available.
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) is excited to announce the launch of their new Partners in Prevention website.
Yarra Ranges Emergency Relief Network have developed a List of free meals available in the Yarra Ranges, Maroondah and Knox areas.
The fact sheets were developed in consultation with inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, and aim to provide some basic information for women and children from a range of Cultrally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds in regard to family violence, their rights and how the service system can help them. The fact sheets can be printed by services as needed.
No Wrong Door is an initiative supporting young people (aged 10 to 25 years) to help them find the support that they require. Young people find it difficult to navigate the service system, and continually have to re-tell their story. No Wrong Door aims to keep young people at the heart of service delivery. It is based on the premise thatevery door in the service system should be the right door. No Wrong Door services and schools commit to actively engaging young people, ensuring that each young person receives appropriate and adequate support for their needs, regardless of whatever door or service they walk through.
Developed by Homelessness Australia, Tune In Now is designed to assist homelessness case/support workers to ‘have the conversation’ with men about depression and anxiety.
The first book to explore the complexities of homelessness in Australia and the future policies to address it was today launched by the Federal Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews and Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness Jan McLucas at the National Homelessness Conference in Queensland.
The Lookout is a place where Victorian family violence workers and other professionals in universal and mainstream services can find information, evidence-based resources and services to help them respond to family violence.
The State-wide Children’s Resource Program (SCRP) advocates for and assists practitioners in homelessness support and other non-government services to respond more effectively to the needs of children who have experienced homelessness and/or family violence.