Family Violence Sector Updates

The Outcomes Monitoring – Family Violence Reform Unit have released the inaugural Ending Family Violence Report

Reporting on the 2020 and 2021 progress of the Family Violence Outcomes Framework and the Rolling Action Plan 2020-2023.  Read the report here.


National Plan Victim-Survivor Advocates Consultation Report

Victim-Survivor Advocates report developed by Monash University highlights insights and views from people with lived experience of violence, and presents key findings by theme.  Read the Report here.


Annual report on MARAM Implementation

The third annual report on the implementation of the Family Violence Risk Assessment & Management Framework (MARAM) is now available.  A snapshot of MARAM achievements from 1 Jul 20 to 30 Jun 21 across the Victorian Government.  Read the report here.


Our Watch: New Resources to stop violence against women & girls with disability

Changing the Landscape outlines actions we must all take to stop violence against women & girls with disability before it starts, including challenging the acceptance and normalisation of violence against women and girls with a disability.


Young Women’s Report: A report of the Young Women and Non-Binary People’s Forum 7 July 2021 and AWAVA’s Young Women Survey 2021

The Report on ‘Young Women and Non-Binary People’s Experiences of Gender-Based Violence across Australia’ revealed that young people can experience violence differently from other age cohorts based on their different lives, livelihoods, and higher uptake of emerging technologies. Read the report here.


As the cost of living rises, support services expect the rate of family violence will too

Read the ABC article here.


97 per cent of sexual assault offenders are male

Read the ABS report here.


Just released: Stronger Together: Strengthening families to improve outcomes for children.

Our report examining the lived experience of 30 mothers who had experienced DFV who were working towards reunification with their children. Findings lend strong support for holistic responses to mothers affected by DFV that recognise and respond to underlying and ongoing impact of trauma on emotional wellbeing and parenting behaviours along with access to recovery support with child and adult survivors of DFV.  For this to occur we must move away from the deficit model and support the child protection workforce through DFV training, upskilling, supervision and specialist practitioner roles.  Read the full report here.


“Pathways to intimate partner homicide”: Key stages and events in male-perpetrated intimate partner homicide in Australia

ANROWS report available now – read it here.


VicGov announces the launch of Inclusive Victoria

VicGov’s disability plan for 2022-2026 is a whole-of-government plan to ensure our communities are both inclusive and accessible.  Consultations are open for a new Disability Inclusion Act for Victoria and a new Australian-first Commissioner for Disability Inclusion.  Visit the VicGov website for more information.


‘No More Excuses’ – Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women with Disability

This report was prepared by The University of Melbourne for Respect Victoria. The project aimed to consolidate the current state of knowledge on the extent and nature of violence against women with disability in Australia, and on ‘what works’ to prevent violence from happening in the first place. In addition, the research aimed to work with women with disability to identify priority settings for primary prevention action.   Read the report here.


ANROWS 2022 Stakeholder Survey

This survey, which closes at 11pm on Monday 4 April, will not collect any personally identifying information. The data collected will be used in aggregate form to inform our future planning. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]

Complete the survey here.


$2.2 Million Family Violence Research Grants

Family Safety Victoria are inviting universities, research institutions and the sector to apply for the Family Violence Research Grants Program.  Phase 1 of the grants program provides a pool of $2.2 million to fund high-quality research to develop and build the evidence base to support family violence reform in Victoria. Research will be used to support practice improvement, service innovation, better policy outcomes and long-lasting change for both victim survivors and those who use violence.

The grants program will cover the following priority research subject areas:
🎯 Children and young people as victim survivors in their own right
🎯 Family violence as experienced by Aboriginal people and communities
🎯 Family violence as experienced by people from diverse communities
🎯 Sexual violence and harm
🎯 Adolescent family violence
🎯 Perpetrators and people who use violence
🎯 System lens research topics

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Applications close 22 April 2022.
For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit👉the government website


SouthSafe Website Redevelopment

The SouthSafe team are working with MALT to redevelop this website, including incorporating the rebranding of the SouthSafe logo and colour scheme.


IWD Video

Australian video message for IWD 2022.


Report on the implementation of the MARAM Framework 2020-21 – Snapshot


Closing 22 Mar 2022: Scholarship Opportunity – Graduate Certificate of Family Violence Prevention for Victim Survivors

Monash University’s Graduate Certificate of Family Violence Prevention is designed to support social transformation for a violence free future and will build your skills in a range of practice areas including child safety, men’s behaviour change, health impacts of family violence, family violence in the criminal justice system and working with victims and survivors.

24 scholarships are available for family violence victim-survivors. These scholarships have been supported in recognition of the need to increase opportunities for victim-survivors to pursue academic qualifications with the goal of entering family violence policy, practice or advocacy roles.


Mar 2022: Family violence reform governance report

This is the second of the The Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor’s topic-based reports and examines the recently implemented whole-of-family-violence-reform governance changes and the extent to which they are supporting effective oversight and integration of cross-government reform effort.  Read the report here.


Mar 2022: Safe+Equal’s feedback on the draft National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032

Safe+Equal’s submissions draw on specialist expertise to inform state and federal policy and legislation. We develop these in consultation with our member organisations, survivor advocates, and other subject matter experts. This is to ensure the experiences of victim survivors and the specialist family violence sector shape government policy and legislation.


31 Jan 2022: ANROWS Report – Economic insecurity and intimate partner violence in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic

New ANROWS research out today, led by Anthony Morgan and Dr Hayley Boxall of Australian Institute of Criminology explores the intersection of economic insecurity and intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. The researchers found that women who experienced economic hardship, like being unable to pay bills, were 2.6 times more likely to report physical violence when compared to women who did not experience economic hardship.  The study also found that women who were employed when their partner was not were 1.7 times more likely to experience sexual violence compared to women in relationships where both parties were not working.

Read the report here: or download this factsheet capturing the key findings from the report here:


21 Jan 2022: The Victorian Government is boosting support for Aboriginal organisations delivering vital services to their communities throughout the pandemic

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams announced the roll-out of another key tranche of the $40 million Aboriginal Workforce Fund.  Funding of $9 million will be shared between 25 Aboriginal organisations, with a focus on jobs, staff wellbeing and building organisations’ ability to advance self-determination and continue delivering services.

Recipients include Aboriginal organisations supporting young people, people experiencing homelessness and victim survivors of family violence.

The fund will deliver training opportunities for local Aboriginal young people, to help build the workforce pipeline. It will also support efforts to strengthen Aboriginal organisations, such as through building specialist capabilities and strengthening leadership, governance and workforce planning.  The development of the workforce fund has been guided by a 14-member steering committee, including key leaders from across the state, in a process that was self-determined and sector-designed and led.


For news from 2021, see our Sector Updates 2021 page.