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Term Description
Aboriginal While acknowledging the diversity of Aboriginal people in Australia, in this document the term ‘Aboriginal’ has been used to refer to all people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Dhelk Dja Action Groups Place-based, Aboriginal community-led groups that drive local action to prevent and address family violence through a partnership approach. Located in 11 areas across Victoria.
Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum A forum made up of Aboriginal community organisations and government representatives, established to oversee the implementation of the Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families partnership agreement and related action plans.
Family Safety Victoria division of the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing with dedicated responsibility for delivering key elements of the family violence reform. This includes the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, The Orange Door network and the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management reforms.
Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme Established in legislation, the scheme enables sharing of information between authorised organisations to support the assessment and management of family violence risk.
Family Violence Investigation
Established in each police division, the 31 units investigate serious family violence matters and support general duties police and other specialist units on appropriate risk management interventions to increase safety for adult and child victims.
Family Violence Multi-
Agency Risk Assessment
and Management (MARAM)
A framework to support the identification, assessment and management of family violence risk. A range of organisations are required by law, under the Family Violence Protection Act 2008, to align their practices and policies with MARAM, which replaced the former common risk assessment framework or ‘CRAF’. The MARAM Framework is supported by operational practice guidance and risk identification, screening and assessment tools.
Family Violence Outcomes
A framework that outlines what the Victorian Government intends to achieve through Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change, and how it will measure the progress and impacts of the reform.
Family Violence Reform
Advisory Group
A group consisting of senior community sector and government members responsible for advising the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence and relevant government departments on the system-level impacts of family violence reforms and opportunities for service provision improvement.
Family Violence Regional
Integration Committees
Local governance partnerships in 14 areas across Victoria bringing together family violence services and other key sectors and services, including child and family services, Child Protection, mental health services, homelessness services, housing services, courts, police and Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Groups, to improve the integration of local services that respond to family violence.
Family Violence Reform
Internal-to-government governance body responsible for leading whole-of-reform, cross-government engagement and strategic oversight of the family violence reform and delivery of Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change and relevant rolling action plan.
LGBTIQ+ An inclusive initialism that refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people.
MARAM See Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework.
Royal Commission into
Family Violence
Established in 2015, the Commission was tasked with finding ways to prevent family violence, improve support for victim survivors and hold perpetrators to account. The Royal Commission provided its report, which included 227 recommendations, to the Victorian Government on 29 March 2016.
Specialist Family Violence
Specialist courts that provide enhanced safety features including separate entrances for victim survivors and remote hearing facilities. Specialist Family Violence Courts are staffed by specially trained magistrates and court staff, partner agencies and other court-based services to deliver a coordinated response. Magistrates at Specialist Family Violence Courts have powers to mandate counselling orders for perpetrators.
The Orange Door A network that is the entry point to women’s and children’s family violence services, services for men who use violence and family services. It undertakes triage to assess and manage risk and connect people to the services they need.
Victim survivor A person who has experienced domestic, family or sexual violence.
Victim Survivors’ Advisory
Formed in July 2016, the council was established to include people with lived experience of family violence in the service design of the family violence reform.
Victorian Secretaries Board A board consisting of Secretaries of each government department, the Chief Commissioner of Police and the Victorian Public Sector Commissioner that meets regularly to coordinate policy initiatives across the public sector.