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Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS)
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.
On this Page:
- NIFVS Coordination Team
- NIFVS Regional Integration Committee
- How Do I Get Involved?
- NIFVS Network Forums
- Family Violence Networks
- Identifying Family Violence Training
- Regional Induction
- Family Violence Help Cards
- Week Without Violence
- Use Practice Resources
- Find Services
- Getting Help
The 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:
- providing leadership for regional integration;
- convening and supporting regional networks and groups;
- disseminating key family violence news and information, including the Family Violence Help Cards;
- identifying and publicising integration and other initiatives in the north;
- delivering training to the sector; and
- facilitating links between local, regional and statewide family violence governance structures.
The NIFVS Coordination Team is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.
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.
There are a number of ways to get involved with family violence integration in the NMR.
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.
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.
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.
These half-day, bi-annual sessions are suitable for workers who are new to family violence work or new to the NMR.
NIFVS 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.
The 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.
To find out more about these opportunities visit the NIFVS website.
Find resources and case studies about working with different client groups who may be experiencing family violence.
Find family violence and other services in Melbourne's northern metropolitan region.
Are you or is someone you know experiencing family violence? Find out how to get help.