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Community of Practice: Ballarat, 19 September 2019

Male Perpetrator Accountability: Good practice and local services

 This session focused on:

  • Showcasing programs from around the region which work with male perpetrators;
  • Holding perpetrators to account while avoiding collusion;
  • Workshopping best practice in the area of perpetrator intervention

The event featured a keynote address from Dr Margaret Kertesz from University of Melbourne, presentations and panel Q&A with local service providers, and a reflective practice activity facilitated by No to Violence.

Click HERE to find out more about the event.

Click HERE to view slides from the day.

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CHIFVC executive members meet Minister Williams

On 22 May 2019, as part of a DVVIC event, Libby Jewson, Chair of CHIFVC and Denise O’Dowd, Deputy Chair met with the Hon. Gabrielle Williams, Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Women and Youth. Libby discussed the challenges that rural and regional specialist family violence providers face. The Minister acknowledged this and was happy for DVVIC to focus on this as a priority issue. The Minister also acknowledged Central Highlands collaborative and partnership approach.


Community of Practice: Bacchus Marsh, 30th May 2019

Information Sharing Reforms: From implementation to maximised outcomes

 This session focused on:

  • Consolidating and communicating information regarding current reforms
  • What family violence reforms mean for practitioners
  • How practitioners can maximise outcomes for families
  • Identifying the gaps in the system and ways the region can address them

The event featured an interactive, visual representation of the current service system, and drew on the knowledge of local practitioners to identify and workshop practical solutions to ensure that families remain at the centre of practice. Click HERE to read more about the event.

Click HERE to view resources from the event

 Circle of Strength Courage Cards

WRISC's Van Go team have undertaken a project to produce a set of strength cards. These cards were made by children and young people who attended Van Go. These cards are now for sale, and the proceeds will contribute to the development of another set of cards with an Aboriginal focus. In addition to the cards, there are also greeting cards and posters for sale.

Click HERE for the flyer with the pricing guide. A great idea for a purposeful gift.

 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) findings released

ANROWS has released the findings of the NCAS, the world's longest-running survey of community attitudes towards violence against women. Some findings were encouraging, such as most Australians having accurate knowledge of violence against women and not endorsing this violence. Most Australians also support gender equality and there has been a vast decrease in the number of Australians who believe that men make better political leaders than women. However, many areas of concern were identified, particularly a decline in the recognition that men are more likely than women to use violence in relationships, and the fact that many Australians are prepared to minimise and excuse violent behaviour. To read the full reports and findings, visit

 Daylesford Community of Practice Forum: Responding to Family Violence in Rural and Regional Communities

Hepburn Family Violence Action Group welcomed a group of 80 professionals to the fourth in the series of Community of Practice Forums. The theme of this forum was Responding to Family Violence in Rural and Regional Communities, where attendees heard from keynote speaker Professor Sarah Wendt about coping strategies used by women in regional areas. Read more about the Community of Practice HERE. Resources and presentations from the forum can be found in our resource library.

 Bacchus Marsh Hosts Family Violence Forum: Through the Eyes of the Child

The CHIFVC Community of Practice in Bacchus Marsh on 26 July brought together 80 professionals from across the community, education, health and justice sectors. "Through the Eyes of the Child" focused on whole of family approaches to family violence and welcomed Dr Wendy Bunston as the keynote speaker. Read more about the Community of Practice: Through the Eyes of the Child.  Read the Community of Practice presentations and resources. 

 Media Statement: Release of Family Violence Reform Monitor's First Report

The Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee (CHIFVC) welcomes the release of the first report of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor, Mr Tim Cartwright APM. The report’s findings are consistent with sector feedback in our region regarding the rollout of the Victorian Government’s reform package following the 2015 Royal Commission into Family Violence. Read the CHIFVC Media Statement on the Release of the Family Violence Reform Monitor's First Report.

Family Violence Forum Explores Information Sharing

On 19 April 2018, CHIFVC welcomed 70 professionals from a range of sectors working with people impacted by family violence to its Community of Practice forum, Information Sharing: From Concept to Practice. The forum explored practice in when and what information to share across agencies to keep women and children safer. Learn more about the CHIFVC Community of Practice on Information Sharing. Read the Community of Practice presentations and resources.

A range of resources have been released to assist practitioners to appropriately share and request information under the new, state-wide information sharing scheme. This includes a snapshot of the new legislation and requirements, and checklists for sharing information. Find out more about the new information sharing regime and practical resources.

Online Survey on Elder Abuse

You are invited to share your views on the occurrence and prevention of elder abuse. The survey is voluntary and you do not have to provide any identifying information to complete it.The survey results will be provided to the community organisations participating in the Elder Abuse Prevention Networks, and will be included in an elder abuse primary prevention guide. Complete the online survey on preventing elder abuse

Release of Report: Gender Inequality in the Grampians

As part of International Women's Day 2018 activities, the Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Alliance released its Gender Inequality in the Grampians Region report. As a proud member of CoRE, the Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee is pleased to contribute to a whole-of-community effort to address the areas highlighted in the report and change the trajectory towards equality. 

CHIFVC hosts inaugural Community of Practice event

The Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee hosted its inaugural Community of Practice (CoP) event on 23 November 2017. Facilitated by ShantiWorks, the forum brought together more than 60 participants from across the family violence and related sectors to work towards a coordinated response in the region. Read more about the first CHIFVC Community of Practice on 23 November 2017.

Daughters of the West Kicks Off

The Western Bulldogs Community Foundations Daughters of the West women’s health program has kicked off for 2017. CHIFVC members Women’s Health Grampians and Relationships Australia Victoria directed a session during week six of the program with a focus on respectful relationships. Read more