Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) is a valued member of Domestic Violence Victoria. EDVOS makes an enormous contribution to assisting survivors of family violence in Melbourne’s eastern metropolitan region. The organisation has consistently demonstrated innovation in specialist family violence service delivery and is held in high regard both inside and outside the family violence sector.
While we are disappointed with the news of their performance review, as their peak body, DV Vic looks forward to our continued relationship with the EDVOS team, supporting them to move forward. DV Vic also welcomes the opportunity to work with the Victorian Government through Family Safety Victoria to continue to support and strengthen the governance of specialist family violence services.
Since their introduction four years ago, Flexible Support Packages (FSPs) have made a significant difference to the lives of survivors of family violence and their children in Victoria. They provide specialist family violence services with an exceptional level of flexibility of support, which is exactly what is required when responding to complex and constantly changing family violence situations.
Acting CEO of DV Vic, Alison Macdonald states, ‘FSPs have revolutionised the way survivors of family violence, particularly women and children, are able to be supported by specialist family violence services. One of the ways they are most effective is in preventing survivors of family violence from becoming homeless and from having to go into crisis accommodation. By paying for security upgrades or being used to pay for rent bond payments, FSPs have meant more women and children can stay at home safely. And if they can stay at home, then survivors of family violence can avoid spiralling into further crisis and have a greater chance to recover from the impact family violence has had on their lives.’
DV Vic Practice Development Unit Manager Catherine Plunkett added, ‘Using their professional expertise, family violence practitioners listen to what survivors say will make them and their children safer and assess how an FSP might be able to support this. Sometimes this might be to cover the costs of establishing lives somewhere else – like buying whitegoods, furniture and new school uniforms. Or it might be for training courses, study materials, or paying for specialist therapy. No other type of support has the same level of efficiency and adaptability to respond each person’s individual needs.’
DV Vic is confident that FSPs are a cost-efficient and effective response to family violence and strongly support the Victorian Government’s continued investment in the program. DV Vic and its members welcome any additional oversight of the governance and administration of FSPs to strengthen the program and ensure it remains an ongoing component of the funding environment.
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