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Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS)

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Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) is the partnership that leads the integration of family violence and related services in Melbourne's northern metropolitan region (NMR).

To access the NIFVS website click here.

   

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NIFVS Coordination Team

nifvsThe Team, based at WHIN, includes the Regional Integration Coordinator (RIC) and two project workers. It resources, coordinates and supports family violence and related services in their work towards integration by:

The NIFVS Coordination Team is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

NIFVS Regional Integration Committee

The NIFVS partnership is led by the Regional Integration Committee. The Committee includes representatives from family violence specialist services, Victoria Police, courts and relevant government agencies, as well as CALD, Disability, family, housing, indigenous, legal, mental health, sexual assault and women's health services.

The Committee works toward the goals set in the NIFVS Regional Plan 2013-2017.

Learn about the regional and statewide family violence sector.

How Do I Get Involved?

There are a number of ways to get involved with family violence integration in the NMR.

NIFVS Networks and Forums

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The NIFVS Network is open to anyone who works towards women's and children's safety in the NMR. It meets three times per year to take part in forums focused on improving integration in particular areas identified in the NIFVS Regional Plan.

 

Family Violence Networks

Local family violence networks have been established for over 20 years in the NMR. The current networks are based in Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Banyule/Nillumbik, Sunbury, Whittlesea and Yarra. The networks meet monthly or bi-monthly.

Identifying Family Violence Training

Free training is offered four times per year for workers who are not directly involved in family violence service provision, but who may work with women and children who are experiencing family violence. Participants increase their understanding of family violence, gain strategies to respond to disclosures and learn about appropriate referrals.

Fee-for-service training can also be tailored to your organisation.

Regional Induction

These half-day, bi-annual sessions are suitable for workers who are new to family violence work or new to the NMR.

Family Violence Help Cards

Help-CardsNIFVS distributes Family Violence Help Cards to organisations across the NMR. The cards inform community members, victims and perpetrators that family violence is a crime and provide information about support services that are available.

Week Without Violence

wwv-stickerThe Week Without Violence (WWV) is a worldwide campaign that occurs in the third week of October each year. In the Northern Metropolitan Region the WWV Campaign incorporates the Clothesline Project, an art therapy based activity where victims/survivors and their supporters paint messages on t-shirts which are then displayed across the region.

You can order free resources for the WWV and Clothesline Project activites from WHIN, including posters, postcards, stickers, t-shirts and paint.

To find out more about these opportunities visit the NIFVS website.

Use Practice Resources

Find resources and case studies about working with different client groups who may be experiencing family violence.

Find Services

Find family violence and other services in Melbourne's northern metropolitan region.

iStock 000035279740 600widthGetting Help

Are you or is someone you know experiencing family violence? Find out how to get help.