Our early intervention work recognises and responds to early warning signs so it stops family violence from becoming a crisis situation.
Early intervention means:
- Identifying people who are at risk of experiencing or perpetrating family violence
- Connect them with the right support at the right time
We use targeted approaches to increase awareness of family violence.
We consider the additional barriers and challenges that women from multicultural communities face in accessing support.
Our early intervention projects
Health Justice Partnership Project
We work with Monash Health and Dandenong Hospital on this project. In this project, lawyers provide support in identifying and supporting family violence-related legal needs within the health setting.
The Motivation for Change: perpetrator intervention trial
We are establishing a perpetrator intervention unit that will be a location-based response in Brimbank/Melton and Dandenong.
We will develop and deliver a custom culturally accessible program to work with men. These men may come to the attention of police, courts and other service providers but for a number of reasons, are still not able to access services to stop their use of violence.
The focus cohort of the program is men from south Asian backgrounds and the Hazara community. The program is in-language and is culturally sensitive.
This program will be informed by Victoria’s documented best-practice principles and philosophies in working with men who use violence towards family members. The program will not duplicate existing services or practices.
The project aims to upskill GPs in migrant communities, especially those from south Asian communities.
The project draws on evidence from 2 successful studies. These studies focused on the role primary health services can play in assisting family violence victims and their families.
Latrobe University is the lead organisation in this project and we will provide direct support to clients via 2 case managers outposted in the south eastern and north western region.
Upskilling GPs is another part of the project.