Code of Practice
The second edition of the Code of Practice: Principles and Standards for Specialist Family Violence Services for Victim-Survivors (the Code) has been moved to the Practice Development page.
Family Violence and Disability Forum
Women with Disabilities Victoria and DV Vic held a forum on family violence and disability on Wednesday 1 November 2017 to discuss emerging issues and opportunities for collaboration in the context of current reforms. Thank you to everyone who participated in the forum.
Working with media
The media play an important role in influencing community attitudes and values. Media representations of violence against women can help to change or reinforce damaging social beliefs.
DV Vic has produced resources to assist specialist family violence, prevention and other workers in working with the news and social media to support the prevention of violence against women.
DV Vic also hosts the EVA Media Action Group. This group of family violence and prevention of violence against women specialists meets quarterly to build collaboration, consistency and best practice in the area of media, communications and prevention of violence against women. Please contact Vanessa Born for more information.
Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPs)
A Risk Assessment and Management Panel or ‘RAMP’ is a formally convened meeting of key local agencies and organisations who conduct a multi-agency risk assessment of people who are at high risk of serious harm from family violence.
The panel focuses on the perpetrator while simultaneously centralising the safety of victim survivors, mostly women and their children. They are engaged when the usual service system has not or cannot mitigate serious risk posed by the perpetrator due to systemic and structural barriers and/or intensifying, overt, calculating and immutable perpetrator behaviour.
There are 18 RAMPs across Victoria.
How are they run
Each RAMP is co-chaired by a representative from a specialist women’s family violence service and Victoria Police. RAMP core members include representatives of Community Corrections, DHHS housing, clinical mental health services, alcohol and drug services, men’s family violence services, family services and child protection.
DV Vic/DVRCV employs a RAMP Statewide Coordinator to provide training and support for RAMP Coordinators, Chairs and members and ensure high quality and consistent processes across the state.
How to refer a case to a RAMP
RAMP is not a first response to family violence cases and cases will only be considered when the usual service response is not able to sufficiently reduce the level of threat posed by the perpetrator.
Given that RAMPs target only the highest-risk family violence cases, they consider up to five new cases a month – only a small number of serious risk family violence cases reported in Victoria. Most serious risk family violence cases are successfully managed by the standard family violence response.
Cases can be referred to RAMPs by contacting your local specialist family violence service or Orange Door. Search for a service on The Lookout website.
A comprehensive MARAM risk assessment will be conducted for each case to determine whether the perpetrator presents a serious and imminent threat to the victim.
RAMPs are an initiative of the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) in partnership with Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.