Family violence occurs when a perpetrator exercises power and control over another person.
Family violence involves coercive and abusive behaviours by the perpetrator that are designed to intimidate, humiliate, undermine and isolate, resulting in fear and insecurity. These behaviours can include physical and sexual abuse, as well as psychological, emotional, cultural, spiritual and financial abuse.
In Indigenous communities, family violence is defined as relating to a wide range of physical, emotional, sexual, social, spiritual, cultural, psychological and economic abuses that occur within families, intimate relationships, extended families, kinship networks and communities, and extends to one-on-one fighting and self-harm, injury and suicide (Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Task Force Final Report, 2003).
What We Do
We coordinate and integrate family violence services, employing the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) Coordination Team and resourcing the Northern Family Violence Regional Integration Committee. The team provides leadership for regional integration, convenes and supports regional networks and groups, disseminates key family violence information, identifies and promotes good practice models, delivers training and facilitates links between local, regional and state-wide family violence governance structures.
Northern Family Violence Regional Integration Committee
Chaired by the WHIN CEO and resourced by the NIFVS team, the Northern Family Violence Regional Integration Committee meets throughout the year, identifying and prioritising local and regional family violence issues within the state-wide policy framework. It focuses on regional work to achieve improved integration of family violence services and coordination with other key sector services.
NIFVS Counselling and Support Alliance
The NIFVS Counselling and Support Alliance (CSA), comprising 12 community health and specialist family violence services, continues to play an important role in the integrated family violence service system. The NIFVS Coordination Team convenes bi-monthly meetings as well as providing professional development through a Family Violence Practitioners Group, on-site consultations with the NIFVS Family Violence Trainer and a full day training session on challenging the assumptions of practitioners. The CSA model is a coordinated regional framework for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of quality family violence counselling and group work for women and children. The nine community health services operating in the northern metropolitan region are part of a funded alliance along with Anglicare Victoria, Berry Street and inTouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence.