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Orientation to family violence practice: guidelines for students and new workers

Orientation to family violence practice: guidelines for students and new workers

Orientation to family violence practice: guidelines for students and new workers

Logos: Victoria State Government, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, Victorian Council of Social Service, Domestic Violence Victoria

These guidelines have been compiled as a resource for organisations providing an orientation to family violence practice for students and new workers. It incorporates an orientation checklist. The checklist is designed to augment – not replace – organisational tools where such tools already exist.

Download the full guidelines (PDF)

The purpose of these guidelines

Reforms to Victoria’s family violence system mean that those subjected to, or perpetrating, family violence can expect to receive an effective and integrated response from a broad range of workforces.

These guidelines have been developed to assist students, new workers and supervisory staff who are new to the field of family violence practice, who are working in Tier 1, 2 and 3 organisations in Victoria’s ‘Integrated Family Violence System’:

  • to gain understanding of the fundamental aspects of response to those subjected to, or perpetrating, family violence; and
  • to establish an effective learning environment for students, new workers and their supervisors who are developing their knowledge of and experience in this field of practice.

In particular, the guidelines contain information on:

  • developing a workplace culture of learning;
  • understanding the evidence underpinning best practice in responding to family violence and other forms of violence against women; and
  • the fundamentals of family violence practice.

The guidelines also incorporate a checklist for Orientation to Family Violence Practice, to be utilised by students, new workers and supervisors.

Access the checklist


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