WPI calls for Xmas donation

Create new beginnings for women and children with a Festive Season donation! A message from WPI

When Marie, her six month old son, Josh, and 14 year old daughter, Holly, escaped her extremely violent ex-partner, they went into hiding. They were terrified that he would find out where they were, as he had threatened her life on many occasions. The police had given her a phone number to call so she could raise the alarm and get help quickly. He fought Marie for access to their son Josh, who was just a baby. Throughout the court process she was terrified. During this time, she was also moving from place to place, trying to keep her location a secret and care for her traumatised children. Marie desperately needed a safe and secure place to start again and rebuild her life.

After two years of running, Marie found refuge in a Women’s Property Initiatives home. She has lived there for eight years and it is a safe haven that she can rely on. It was eventually determined that it was simply too dangerous for her ex-partner to have any contact with Marie or the children, but to this day she has to hide from her abuser. The courts and police have supported her in her efforts to keep her location a secret, but still she worries that he will find them. Added security measures at her home give her some peace of mind.

Although she carries the physical and emotional scars of that relationship, she has built a new life for herself and Josh and Holly. Josh has autism and she has found him a supportive and inclusive school. Marie has studied to be a classroom integration aid, which has helped her understand more about what he goes through. She works at Josh’s school, helping him and lots of other children. She has created a stable and loving home and he is thriving. So is Holly, who is now an adult and works as a call center manager for an energy provider. In a secure home, Holly was able to complete her education and move on from the trauma.

This is the difference a stable home makes. It provided this family with a new beginning and they grabbed it with both hands. They are living productive lives and contributing to their community.

“My home is my safe place, my sanctuary. Because it is secure, we’ve been able to heal and try to be normal. It has been critical in creating a routine for Josh. He is doing well at school. I love being part of that and giving back by helping other kids like him. When you’ve been through what we have, you never take a safe home for granted. We are the lucky ones,” said Marie.

We provide homes for more than 230 women and children. They have been able to enjoy many happy celebrations in the homes they love. This festive season, make a tax deductible donation that will create new beginnings for women like Marie; women who deserve the safe and permanent homes that lots of us take for granted.

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Family violence info sharing consultation

Public consultations for the draft Regulations and Regulatory Impact Statements for the Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS), Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS) and the family violence Multi Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) are now open.

Registered housing associations (or parts of your service) are proposed to be included in one or more of the above reforms in Phase 2. This is an opportunity for you to provide feedback during the consultation.

Key actions

  • The draft Regulations and Regulatory Impact Statements are now open on the Victorian Government Engage website:
  • Your organisation is invited to provide feedback to the consultation on the draft Regulations and Regulatory Impact Statement.
  • Consultation closes on 6 December 2019.

Key points

  • The Victorian Government has introduced three reforms to make it easier for professionals to collaborate with each other, and better support the children and families they are working with:
    • The CISS enables information to be shared to promote the wellbeing or safety of a child or group of children;
    • The FVISS enables information to be shared to assess or manage family violence risk.
    • The MARAM framework sets out the responsibilities of different workforces in identifying, assessing and managing family violence risk across the family violence and broader service system.
  • The reforms aim to remove legislative barriers for professionals and services, and to help create a more collaborative, integrated system to improve safety and wellbeing outcomes for all Victorians.
  • Further workforces currently being considered for prescription under the schemes include universal services such as hospitals, schools and early childhood services.
  • See more information about the reforms at DHHS Service Providers
  • For a full list of currently prescribed workforces, please visit Victorian Government information sharing

Have tenants who are impacted by family violence? 

Workers in Victoria’s health, community services, justice, education and training sectors who sometimes come into contact with people affected by family violence are being encouraged to complete a new workforce census.

The census is an opportunity for workers who sometimes come into direct contact with victims or perpetrators to highlight the issues that your face in the course of your work that are related to family violence.

Click here to complete the census.

The findings aim to build a deeper understanding about the different workforces that intersect with family violence to ensure that you are supported to respond to women and children experiencing family violence and that there is a no wrong door for victims who need help or advice.

The census will take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete and is anonymous, with data deidentified.

There is a separate census for family violence and primary prevention workers and you will be asked some initial questions to make sure you are led to the most relevant survey for you.

In the survey, your role will be referred to as ‘your role in the broader workforce that intersects with family violence’.