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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

Police and Justice

The Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub has been developed for organisations and practitioners who are working with people with disability who are experiencing or using family violence. 

The Resource Hub provides ready access to important resources that promote safety, accessibility, equity and inclusion of people with disability which can aid in reducing barriers and increasing safety.  Resources are relevant to Organisational Leaders, Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Practitioners, Disability Services, Health, Family Support, Education and others.


Victoria police have a key role to play in responding to family violence, increasing safety for people experiencing violence and holding persons using violence accountable for their actions.

The Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence has been developed in response to this crucial role and to outline best practice.

People with disability (especially women with disability) experience significant barriers to reporting family violence and sexual assault.

This section outlines the role that Police can take including Easy Read resources to assist people with disability to understand the role that Police can take as well as support available to uphold the rights of people with disability when interacting with Victoria Police.


Police Code of Practice for the investigation of family violence

About this resource: The Code of Practice reflects Victoria Police policy and provides additional information for stakeholders regarding the roles and responsibilities of Victoria Police and how Victoria Police respond to and manage family violence related incidents.

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners   

Disability Liaison Officers

About this resource: Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) help and support people with disability who need help accessing police services. See link for more information and how to contact a Disability Liaison Officer.

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners.

What Police do when responding to family violence - What Police Do – Easy Read

About this resource: Information for a person with disability that explains how police can help if they are experiencing family violence.

Applying this resource: For people with disability who are wanting information about the role that police can take if they are unsafe from family violence.    

Independent Third Persons

About this resource: Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) offer the Independent Third Persons Program.

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners.

Independent third persons information sheet

About this resource: An easy English resource produced by the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA). OPA offer the Independent Third Persons Program

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners.

Independent third persons for alleged offenders – easy read

About this resource: An easy read resource produced by the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA).

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners.

Independent third persons for victims and witnesses – easy read

About this resource: An easy read resource produced by the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA).

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners.

How to Report a Sexual Offense – Easy Read

About this resource: Information for a person with disability that explains how police can help if they have experienced a sexual assault.   

Applying this resource: For people with disability who are wanting information about the role that police can take if they are wanting to report a sexual assault.  

Reporting sexual offences booklet

About this resource: This booklet explains what sexual offences are, what a victim can expect when they decide to report a sexual offence to police, what happens during the investigation and at court, and the
support options available to victims. 

Applying this resource: For victims of sexual assault and practitioners.

Family Violence Safety Notice – Easy Read

About this resource: An easy read resource produced by the Victoria Police that explains A Family Violence Safety Notice.

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners.

How to make a Complaint

About this resource: An easy read resource produced by the Victoria Police that explains how a complaint to Victoria Police can be made

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners.

How to report a crime

About this resource: An easy read resource produced by the Victoria Police that explains how to report a crime to Victoria Police.

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners.

How to report a missing person

About this resource: An easy read resource produced by the Victoria Police that explains how to report a missing person to Victoria
Police.

Applying this resource: For people with disability and practitioners.

Options Guide For Victim Survivors of Victoria Police Perpetrated Family Violence or Sexual Offences

About this resource: This guide is part of Victoria Police’s commitment to ensure all victim survivors of family violence or sexual assault perpetrated by Victoria Police employees have the information, support and service to keep them safe. It explains the role of the Sexual Offences and Family Violence Unit (SOFVU)
which is to investigate or oversee regional investigations that involve Victoria Police employees who commit family violence or sexual assault against women, children, partners and family members of all genders and sexualities. This guide also contains information to ensure that victims of sexual abuse or assault are aware of their options for reporting violence and seeking help. It has been developed in consultation with support services and victim survivors of police employee perpetrated family violence or sexual offences.

Applying this resource: For victims of sexual assault or family violence perpetrated by Victoria Police.

Victoria police LLO program (LGBTIQ+ Liaison Officers)

About this resource: LGBTIQ+ Liaison Officers are positioned state-wide. The program aims to providing a policing service that is fair, equal and accessible to all. You can ask for an LLO to provide discrete, non-
judgmental advice and assistance when accessing policing services. LLOs receive specific training to identify and respond to prejudice motivated crimes and incidents, ranging from homophobic, biphobic or transphobic slurs and taunts through to serious crimes such as physical assault against LGBTIQ+ community members.

Applying this resource: For LGBTIQA+ community and practitioners.

Reflective Practice Tool - Supporting victim survivors who do not view police as a safe option for managing family violence risk

About this resource: This reflective practice tool was developed in partnership with survivor advocates and
practitioners from Flat Out, Switchboard, inTouch, and Elizabeth Morgan House to support family violence practitioners to identify and implement tailored anti-oppressive responses for victim survivors who do not consider calling police to be a safe option. You can use this resource to support reflective practice in individual or group supervision settings, in order to identify and advocate for anti-oppressive, person-centered approaches to supporting victim survivors’ safety when they do not want to contact police in responding to and managing family violence risk posed by a person who use violence.

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners working with people who are experiencing family violence.

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