Building from strength
Fourth Action Plan actions
- Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
- 7 Build the workforce capability to ensure delivery of high quality, holistic, trauma-informed and culturally safe supports that respond to the complex needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.
- Improve support and service system responses
- 16 Enable workforces to provide trauma-informed support with a focus on safety and recovery to victims and survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence.
- 17 Collaborate across services, sectors and workforces to ensure responses to women affected by domestic, family and sexual violence are coordinated, meet women’s needs, avoid women having to retell their story and promote their recovery.
What are we doing?
Building from Strength – 10-Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response sets out the Victorian Government’s long-term vision for the workforces that intersect with family violence. It articulates a plan to build and strengthen specialist and universal workforces to ensure they can assess and manage family violence risk in a way appropriate to their role, are skilled to prevent family violence, and can meet the diverse needs of all Victorians. The plan also highlights the importance of ensuring that the specialist family violence workforce is supported to feel valued and safe, with career pathways and employment conditions that reflect the complexity and skill inherent in their work.
The Victorian Government has invested $103 million between 2017–18 and 2020–21 for Building from Strength.
What have we achieved so far?
- Release of Building from Strength in 2017
- Release of Responding to Family Violence Capability Framework and Preventing Family Violence and Violence against Women Capability Framework in 2017, articulating the skills and knowledge required for a broad range of workforces to appropriately prevent and respond to family violence, and articulating levels of specialist capability
- Undertook Victoria’s first Census of Workforces that Intersect with Family Violence – a biennial survey due to be repeated in 2019, to build an evidence base to inform workforce and sector planning and development
- Provided Leadership Intensives to over 200 sector leaders, to support them to lead in an environment of unprecedented reform
- Developed the first accredited course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk, for delivery from 2020, with further accredited courses in development
- Increased sector capacity to host student placements, to support a pipeline into the specialist family violence sector and increased family violence literacy across community services, through the Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Work program
- Commenced the development of an Intersectionality Capability Building Framework, to increase workers’ capability to support all Victorians
- Developed the Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative, to support Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to undertake workforce planning and development for family violence and related community services.
What is next?
- Building from Strength is a ten-year plan
- It will be supported by a series of three-year Rolling Action Plans (RAPs), with the first to be released in 2019
- The first RAP has been developed with the sector and focuses on building strong foundations for ongoing, sustainable workforce development. It outlines the foundational initiatives needed to:
- build the necessary workforce capability across specialist family violence prevention and response, and the broader community services, health, justice and education sectors – particularly to support the implementation of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Framework;
- recruit and retain specialist family violence prevention and response workforces and ensure that these workforces are supported, valued, skilled and diverse; and
- build organisational and sector capability to support the sustainability of family violence system reform.
What difference will we make?
This initiative will contribute to the National Outcomes that Indigenous communities are strengthened, and services meet the needs of women and their children experiencing violence.
The Victorian Family Violence Outcomes Framework was published in Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change, which outlined Victoria’s priorities in preventing and responding to family violence, why they matter, and what constitutes success. The Victorian Family Violence Outcomes Framework is a whole of Government framework and is intended to ensure Victorian family violence reform efforts are focused on the actions that make a difference. The Victorian Government is progressing development of the framework, including through indicators and measures. In time, measurement and monitoring of Victorian family violence outcomes may also support reporting for the National Plan.
Building from Strength identified four key priorities. The first Rolling Action Plan identifies seven key focus areas to achieve these priorities and identifies ten-year outcomes for each.
A measurement and evaluation framework will be developed to align with the detailed indicators and measures currently being developed for Victoria’s Family Violence Outcomes Framework.