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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

Resources for disability services and workers

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.


These resources and links to self-paced training modules offer some important foundational knowledge for Disability Services and Disability practitioners to assist in recognising and responding to disclosures of Family Violence.

This section also has information about referral pathways to Family Violence services in Victoria and in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs.

Secondary consultation is offered through The Orange Door, Safe Steps – Family Violence Disability Crisis Response Initiative and areas where a Family Violence Disability Practice Leader is available.

The Family Violence Disability Practice Leader for the Eastern Melbourne Region is:

Lisa Harrison
Family Violence Disability Practice Leader
FVREE
lisa.harrison@fvree.org.au


Family Violence Response for Women with Disabilities - A quick guide to safely managing disclosures

About this resource: Women with Disabilities Victoria have led advocacy in relation to the impact of family violence upon women with disability.  This Guide reinforces best practice when responding to women with disability disclosing family violence.  

Applying this resource: For practitioners working with women with disability.  

Victorian Information Sharing Schemes

About this resource:

The Information Sharing Schemes provide prescribed Information Sharing Entities (ISEs) with an expanded ability to share confidential information with other ISEs to promote the wellbeing or safety of children or to assess or manage family violence risk. 

The Information Sharing Schemes complement existing obligations and frameworks and do not replace current authorisations (such as Child Safe Standards, Mandatory Reporting, Privacy or Criminal Law and Reportable Conduct) to share information. 

Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) 

CISS enables authorised organisations and services to share information to promote the wellbeing or safety of children. 

https://www.vic.gov.au/child-information-sharing-scheme 

Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FISS) 

FVISS enables authorised organisations and services to share information to facilitate assessment and management of family violence risk to children and adults. 

https://www.vic.gov.au/family-violence-information-sharing-scheme 

Multi-agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework – MARAM

MARAM supports workers across the service system to better understand their responsibilities to undertake risk assessment and management, including information sharing and working collaboratively. 

https://www.vic.gov.au/family-violence-multi-agency-risk-assessment-and-management 

Information sharing and frequently asked questions: 

https://www.vic.gov.au/frequently-asked-questions-about-information-sharing-and-maram 

There is also information available on the Eastern Regional Family Violence Partnership website about the MARAM and Information Sharing Schemes:

https://rfvp.org.au/maram-portal/

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners working with children, young people, people experiencing violence and persons using violence.    

Disability workforce training and resource hub

About this resource: The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) have produced training modules for disability practitioners to build skills and confidence in recognising and responding to family violence when working with a person with disability.   

These include: 

Introduction  

https://noviolence.org.au/dw-introduction/ 

MODULE 1 – Why domestic and family violence occurs and the increased risk factors for women with disability.  

https://noviolence.org.au/module-1-2/   

MODULE 2 – What this type of violence looks like and how it can look different for women with disability  

https://noviolence.org.au/module-2-2/ 

MODULE 3 – What to do if women with disability are experiencing domestic and family violence.  

https://noviolence.org.au/module-3-2/ 

MODULE 4 – Who can support women with disability to obtain information and access supports and services?  

https://noviolence.org.au/module-4-2/ 

MODULE 5 – How can organisations respond effectively?  

https://noviolence.org.au/organisational-responses-module-2/ 

Applying this resource: For disability providers and organisations wanting to increase confidence.

Short courses and articles for disability workers

About this resource: DARU (Disability Advocacy Resource Unit) has a list of short courses and resources to assist disability advocates and workers to support them in their work when responding to family violence. 

Applying this resource: For disability providers and organisations working with people with disability.     

The Orange Door

About this resource: The Orange Door network aims to be accessible, safe and welcoming, providing quick and simple access to support for:

• adults, children and young people who are experiencing family violence
• families who need support with the care and wellbeing of children and young people
• perpetrators of family violence.

The Orange Doors in the Eastern Melbourne Regions

Inner Eastern Melbourne Area
Local Government Areas – Booroondara, Manningham, Monash, Whitehorse
30-32 Prospect St
Box Hill VIC 3128
1800 354 322
IEMA@orangedoor.vic.gov.au

Outer Eastern Melbourne Area
Local Government Areas – Knox, Maroondah, Yarra Ranges
4-16 Devon St
Croydon VIC 3136 

1800 271 150

oema@orangedoor.vic.gov.au 

Applying this resource:

Secondary consultation is available for professionals supporting children and young people’s wellbeing and/or who are people experiencing or using violence.    

Any person in the community including parents, young people and people experiencing or using family violence can contact The Orange Door for information and support.   

 

Safe Steps

About this resource: Safe Steps is Victoria’s 24/7 family violence response centre who provide specialist support services for anyone in Victoria who is experiencing or afraid of family violence.

Applying this resource: For people experiencing family violence and professionals.

Safe Steps – Disability Family Violence Crisis Response Initiative

About this resource: Safe Steps – Disability Family Violence Crisis Response Initiative assists victim-survivors with a disability who are experiencing family violence to access the services and supports they need to stay safe, quickly.  Carers and parents of a child with a disability can also access support.  Support can include:

  • Access to brokerage funding for the specialist goods, services or supports that are needed such as:
    • Personal support workers and carers
    • Disability aids – mobility walkers, wheelchairs
    • Accessible transport options, and more
  • Information and referral to other support services

Service providers and professionals can contact Safe Steps Specialist Family Violence Disability Liaison Officers for secondary consultations and information regarding the Family Violence Disability Initiative.

Applying this resource: For people experiencing family violence and professionals.

1800RESPECT

About this resource: 1800RESPECT is a confidential information, counselling and support service to support people impacted by domestic, family or sexual violence.  1800RESPECT is available for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers support by phone, online chat or text messaging. 

1800RESPECT website also offers extensive resources for people experiencing violence and professionals, including inclusive practice guidance for:

  • People with disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual and other sexually or gender diverse (LGBTQIA+)
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds

Applying this resource: For people experiencing family violence and professionals.

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