Where we are up to
The Foundational Family Violence Training (FFVT) and Managers’ Foundational Family Violence Training (MFFVT), includes an Aboriginal family case study and extensive data and other content relating specifically to the Aboriginal community’s experiences of family violence. This includes noting that Aboriginal women are often the victim survivors of non-Aboriginal men’s violence.
It has been reviewed as outlined below (by the Koori Justice Unit and Aboriginal Justice Caucus Working Group) and delivered to departmental staff since March 2019. Participant evaluation surveys provide opportunity for review and feedback on content and show increased understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal peoples’ experiences of family violence.
Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) Aboriginal Cultural Awareness trainer is co-facilitating specific family violence training sessions where there might be a high number of Aboriginal participants or a high number of practitioners working with Aboriginal clients.
The Office of the Family Violence Principal Practitioner (OFVPP) is co-writing other family violence training packages with similar review processes and advising all DJCS family violence training or document / project developers to do the same.
The Family Violence and Mental Health Branch also continues to work with the Koori Justice Unit and Family Safety Victoria to ensure that the development of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Risk Management (MARAM) Framework and its associated practice guides take into account Aboriginal experiences of family violence, and that delivery of MARAM training is culturally safe.