Domestic Violence Victoria Responds to Announcement Regarding Support & Safety Hubs



Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) welcomed the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and recognises systemic change is required to improve the safety of victim-survivors of family violence, both adults and children, including strengthening coordinated, collaborative and co-located multiagency models to respond to family violence.  DV Vic recognises Support and Safety Hubs – branded The Orange Door – as an integral part of the family violence service delivery system and welcomes the continued investment of the Victorian Government in improving responses to family violence in Victoria.

DV Vic CEO Tania Farha states, ‘Our member specialist family violence services are keen to work with Family Safety Victoria in this next phase of Support and Safety Hub implementation.  We call on Government to involve and collaborate with DV Vic and other key peak bodies to resolve critical issues with the Hub model prior to these next five sites being established.’

DV Vic endorsed all nine recommendations of the Victorian-Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) recent report on the audit of the five existing Support and Safety Hubs.  The recommendations within the report align with the advice DV Vic and our members have provided to the Victorian Government.  DV Vic shares the concerns outlined by the VAGO, that without immediate action on the issues raised, there is a risk that future Support and Safety Hubs will not be ‘fully prepared to support clients’ [1] or be able to demonstrate better outcomes for families.

‘Addressing the concerns of peak bodies and service providers will strengthen the impact of these new Hubs as well as the existing ones.  As a result, victim-survivors will be safer and perpetrators will be kept in view,’ states Tania Farha.

‘Government must also take into account the extraordinary pressures the Victorian specialist family violence sector is under at the moment, and work with the sector to time implementation of these Hubs accordingly.’

DV Vic have recently made a submission to the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor sharing our views on the progress of the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations.

‘Victoria has led the way internationally with this ambitious family violence reform agenda.  There has been great progress, in particular with the implementation of a strengthened risk assessment and risk management framework and family violence information sharing scheme.  Positive outcomes are starting to be felt, but there is still much more work to be done.’

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About Domestic Violence Victoria

Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) is the peak body for specialist family violence response services for victims-survivors in Victoria.  As such, DV Vic is recognised as the statewide voice of Specialist Family Violence Services (SFVSs) responding to victims-survivors.  A key function of DV Vic is the provision of family violence subject matter expertise to the SFVS sector, broader sectors, government, and other partners and stakeholders.

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[1] Victorian Auditor‐General’s Office. (2020). Managing Support and Safety Hubs, p. 11.