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Prevention Showcase: Working with Children & Young People to Prevent Family Violence

Please click HERE to download the event program


Central Highlands family violence services

The Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee (CHIFVC) has produced a handout with contact information for key family violence related services and support in the region. Download the handout Central Highlands Family Violence Support Services.

A handout has also been developed on Hepburn Shire Family Violence Support Services

Community of Practice resources

The CHIFVC delivers cross-sector Community of Practice forums and makes available presentations and materials from these events.


Working with Male Perpetrators: Good practice and local services, 19 September 2019, Ballarat 

Information Sharing Reforms: From implementation to maximised outcomes, 30 May 2019, Bacchus Marsh

Responding to Family Violence in Rural and Regional Communities, 15 November 2018, Daylesford

 Through the Eyes of the Child, 26 July 2018 Bacchus Marsh

Information Sharing: From Concept to Practice, 19 April 2018 Ballarat

Government initiatives

The Victorian Government is implementing a $1.9 billion action plan on family violence. This work responds to the 2015 Royal Commission into Family Violence. Actions include delivery of 17 new Support and Safety Hubs across the state.

Read more about the Royal Commission into Family Violence report
Read more about the Government’s plans: Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change and the Rolling Action Plan (RAP) 2017-2020

Practical resources have also been released to assist practitioners implement new information sharing arrangements, which have been introduced as part of the response to the Royal Commission's findings.

Commonwealth, state and territory governments worked with the community to develop a 12-year National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan). Read more about the national plan: The National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children and Third Action Plan

Guides, information sheets and pamphlets

Victoria Police has produced resources for both police and the community. Family Violence: What Police do is an information sheet that explains Victoria Police’s response to family violence. A specific information sheet is available for Aboriginal communities. The sheet is also available in 13 languages.

OurWatch has produced a free, downloadable poster that aims to harness the power of bystanders by providing 26 practical actions to challenge gender stereotypes and promote respect. Know Your A-Z: Preventing violence against women poster


Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has a research program to better understand family violence and work towards eradication. Click here for more on the ANROWS research program

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) has produced a video with key statistics on family violence in Australia. Watch the video: Facts on Family Violence 2017 or download the facts on family violence infographic.

DVRCV produces a range of research and discussion papers that aim to better understand family violence in Victoria. Read more on the latest DVRCV research

OurWatch undertakes analysis and research on primary prevention. Visit OurWatch resources and publications

Useful Links

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) – delivers research and evidence to inform policy and practice that reduces the levels of violence against women and their children

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) – a state-wide resource centre working to prevent and respond to family violence

Domestic Violence Victoria (DVV) – the peak body for specialist family violence services for women and children

Family Safety Victoria – the state government agency dedicated to family violence 

OurWatch – an agency that aims to drive nation-wide change in culture, behaviours and power imbalances. Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia is OurWatch’s direction setting publication.

The Lookout - for workers supporting women’s safety in Victoria

Women’s Health Victoria (WHV) - a state-wide women’s health promotion, information and advocacy service, which has family violence as a priority issue 

Women’s Health Grampians (WHG) – a regional not for profit working to achieve healthy public policy, improved service provision for women, and cultural change that supports gender equality. WHG auspices the Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee