Practice Development

Code of Practice

The second edition of the Code of Practice: Principles and Standards for Specialist Family Violence Services for Victim-Survivors (the Code) is now available – see download links below.

Domestic Violence Victoria established the first edition of the Code in 2006. It informed the development of the sector over many years and provided a key resource for the broader family violence system. It was also one of the first guidelines of its kind and has served as a model for other states in Australia and internationally.

The second edition of the Code articulates principles and standards to guide consistent quality service provision for victim-survivors accessing specialist family violence services in Victoria. It was developed using a range of research processes, including participatory consultations with specialist family violence service leaders and practitioners, government and sector partners, and victim-survivor advisors. The Code is founded on a framework that is underpinned by an evidence-based understanding of family violence, intersectional feminist analysis, and supporting frameworks including human rights, social justice, anti-oppressive practice, and a trauma and violence-informed approach.

Code of Practice Downloads

DV Vic Code of Practice (PDF)

DV Vic Code of Practice Audit Tool (PDF)

DV Vic Code of Practice Principles A3 Poster (PDF)

DV Vic Code of Practice FAQs (PDF)

Screen Reader Versions

DV Vic Code of Practice – Screen reader version (Word)

DV Vic Code of Practice Audit Tool – Screen Reader Version (Word)

DV Vic Code of Practice FAQs – Screen Reader Version (Word)