Philanthropy

The Family Violence Philanthropy Collaboration Project

Against the backdrop of the 2016 Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Family Violence Philanthropy Collaboration Project (The Project) has brought together key stakeholders from the philanthropic, family violence and government sectors to support the systemic family violence reforms currently underway.

To learn more about the project and how you can be involved with the Family Violence Funders Network please contact Project Coordinator Emma Morgan.

This work has been made possible with generous support from Gandel Philanthropy, The Ross Trust and The William Buckland Foundation.

Enduring and Evolving: Five Years on from the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence

This report aims to provide a snapshot of the family violence systems reforms implemented since the 2016 Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence and provide insights into strategic areas for philanthropic and corporate investment in the next phase of our work together.

2019-2020: Phase Two in Review

This implementation and outcomes evaluation report provides a snapshot of the achievements and learnings from phase two of The Family Violence Philanthropy Collaboration Project and future directions for the Project.

Phase Two in Progress

This progress report provides a snapshot of the achievements and learnings from phase two of The Family Violence Philanthropy Collaboration Project to date, and future directions for the Project.

Phase One in Review

This implementation and outcomes evaluation report provides a snapshot of the achievements and learnings from phase one of The Family Violence Philanthropy Collaboration Project and future directions for phase two of the Project.

The Family Violence Sector Capacity Building Program

Unique cross sector collaboration leads to philanthropic investment in family violence sector capacity building projects to improve family violence outcomes in Victoria

The Family Violence Sector Capacity Building Program was designed to meet the emerging needs of the family violence sector by providing resources and tools to support and sustain the changes required to improve family violence outcomes for all Victorians. The program commenced in August 2019 and concluded in June 2020, including the following three action-learning projects:

  • Experts by Experience – A Consumer Participation Framework for Specialist FV Services, delivered by the Women and Children who have Experienced Abuse and Violence: Advisors and Researchers (the WEAVERs) in partnership with Professor Kelsey Hegarty and the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against Women and their Children (MAEVe) at the University of Melbourne. This framework will support the family violence sector to further embed victim survivor expertise and decision making in the development and delivery of their services. The final framework and online interactive portal can be found here.
  • Strengthening Family Violence Regional Integration – A Monitoring, Research and Evaluation Framework for Family Violence Regional Integration Committees, delivered by Professor Cathy Humphreys and the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against Women and their Children (MAEVe) at the University of Melbourne. This framework will improve evidence informed decision making by the 14 Family Violence Regional Integration Committees across Victoria, leading to more coordinated responses to family violence, improved safety for victim survivors and increased perpetrator accountability. The final framework is publicly available on The Lookout.
  • The Strengthening Inclusion and Access for Specialist Family Violence Services Project delivered by Domestic Violence Victoria. This project has provided practical capability building support to specialist family violence services across Victoria, who provide protection and safety for adults and children fleeing family violence, to increase inclusion and accessibility for all Victorians, and incorporate the Recommendations from the Royal Commission into their work. This work has been delivered in close alignment with The Code of Practice for Specialist FV Services

The Funders

The Family Violence Sector Capacity Building Program is generously funded by Gandel Philanthropy, The William Buckland Foundation, Give Where You Live Foundation, State Trustees Australia Foundation, The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust and the Johnstone Gumption Fund and the Jump Start Fund, sub-funds of Australian Communities Foundation.

COVID-19 and FV Crisis Response – New Pathways to Support

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique conditions for increased family violence risk and barriers to seeking support. The New Pathways to Support project will enable DV Vic and DVRCV to create new ways for victim survivors to access FV crisis support, through the production of resources and establishment of new partnerships with front line services and sectors.

This work is generously supported by The Barlow Foundation, Edward Wilson Estate, Equity Trustees, The Erdi Foundation, The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund, and The William Buckland Foundation.

Responding to the Shadow Pandemic Webinar Series

From August to December DV Vic is partnering with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre to deliver a series of monthly webinars focusing on the gendered and family violence impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This aligns with the Responding to the Shadow Pandemic research program Monash is delivering over the next 12 months.

The 5 seminars will focus on the following themes: COVID-19 impacts on FV demand and Service Continuity; Women on Temporary Visas and Housing and Homelessness; Keeping Perpetrators ‘in View’; Justice for Women during COVID-19; and Women’s Mental Health. This will be an opportunity to hear updates from the FV sector in these areas, the work Monash is doing, and subject matter experts from relevant organisations.

Visit the Monash website for further information.

The first session is scheduled for August 19, 12pm – 1.30pm, and you can register here.

Establishing a Survivor Advocacy Agency within the Peak

The Royal Commission into Family Violence clearly identified the need to embed the voices of victim survivors in every aspect of the family violence system. To date, there have been some outstanding examples of work done within the sector to support and amplify survivor advocacy. The Experts by Experience Framework for Specialist Family Violence Services, delivered by the University of Melbourne and the Weavers, identified the need for a more comprehensive and consistent approach to working with survivor advocates in the design, delivery and evaluation of services, and the need for a survivor advocacy function within the FV sector. This project was part of the Family Violence Sector Capacity Building Program, generously funded by Gandel Philanthropy, The William Buckland Foundation, Give Where You Live Foundation, State Trustees Australia Foundation, The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust and the Johnstone Gumption Fund and the Jump Start Fund, sub-funds of Australian Communities Foundation.

DV Vic and DVRCV, two organisations preparing to merge, are now continuing this work – to lead and support the family violence sector in best practice engagement with survivor advocacy into the future. Over the next 18 months we will be establishing a survivor advocates advisory group to support the development and implementation of a survivor advocacy agency within the peak, and lead capability building activities with our membership and allied sectors to embed the Experts by Experience Framework in partnership with the University of Melbourne and the Weavers.

This work is generously support by The Barlow Foundation, The Melbourne Women’s Fund and the Sidney Myer Fund.