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Acronyms and glossary

Acronyms and glossary

Acronyms and glossary

Acronyms

AFP

Australian Federal Police

ANROWS

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

AVO

Apprehended Violence Order (NSW) – same as an Intervention Order

CALD

Culturally And Linguistically Diverse

CASA

Centre Against Sexual Assault

CLC

Community Legal Centre

CRAF

Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework - also known as the Common Risk Assessment Framework 

CV

Corrections Victoria

DHHS

State Government of Victoria Department of Health and Human Services 

DHS

Department of Human Services (federal)

DOJR

Department Of Justice and Regulation (Victoria)

DPC

Department of Premier and Cabinet

DV 

Domestic violence (also known as family violence)

DV Vic

Domestic Violence Victoria 

DVRCV

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria 

FCLC

Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria)

FV 

Family violence (also known as domestic violence)

IFVS

Integrated Family Violence System

IVO

Intervention Order (Victoria)

LASN

Local Area Service Network

LGBTIQ

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Intersex Queer

MBCP

Men's Behaviour Change Program

MCV

Magistrates Court Victoria

NTV/MRS

No To Violence - incorporating Men’s Referral Service 

OWA 

State Government of Victoria Office of Women’s Affairs 

PVAW

Preventing violence against women

RAMP

Risk Assessment and Management Panel

RCFV

Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria)

RIC

Regional Integration Coordinator

RRE

Respectful Relationships Education 

SHS

Specialist Homelessness Services (formerly SAAP)

VAW

Violence against women

VLA

Victorian Legal Aid 

VicPol

Victoria Police 

WDVCS

Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service - now known as Safe Steps

WIRE

Women’s Information and Referral Exchange 

WLSV

Women’s Legal Service Victoria 

Glossary

Family violence

Family violence is a type of violence that occurs within family or family-like relationships.

It is a pattern of abusive behaviour used to control and dominate.

Family violence isn’t always limited to physical violence. Other forms of abuse, such as emotional, financial, sexual or social abuse are also recognised as family violence under the Victorian Family Violence Protection Act 2008.

Family violence may also be known as domestic violence or relationship violence.

The Sector

'The Sector' is the Victorian Integrated Family Violence Service System (IFVS).

It is a network of support services that operate throughout the state to prevent and respond to family violence, as well as support and advocate with family violence survivors.

For more information, see ‘What is the integrated family violence sector?’.

Financial abuse

Financial abuse is when a partner or another family member takes control of someone’s financial affairs without them wanting to, or prevents them from having access to money.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is making someone do sexual things that they don’t want to do. Forcing someone to have sex is a criminal offence, even within a marriage.

Stalking

Stalking is when a partner, ex-partner, or someone else follows someone around, or repeatedly tries to contact them, even if they’ve said they don’t want this.

Physical abuse

Physical abuse includes pushing, hitting, throwing objects, driving dangerously to frighten someone, or threatening to physically harm a person, other people, or pets.