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Therapeutic responses

Responsible government

  • Victoria

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 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?

Therapeutic response initiatives provide specialist support to victim survivors of family violence and sexual assault to assist them to understand the impact of trauma and violence; and for them to thrive and recover. The initiative includes the establishment of a therapeutic interventions for victim survivors of family violence and the continued delivery of the Sexually Abusive Behaviours Treatment Service (SABTS) which work with young people using problematic sexual behaviours, or sexually abusive behaviours, and their families.

  • In 2019–20 the Victorian Government will provide $7.9 million to fund the SABTS program.
  • In 2019–20 The Victorian Government will invest an additional $21.2 million for ongoing funding to establish a state-wide therapeutic platform to deliver therapeutic interventions for victim survivors of family violence.

What have we achieved so far?

In 2019–20 Family Safety Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services have undertaken a state wide submission process to identify suitably qualified and experienced organisations to deliver therapeutic services to victim survivors of family violence; this includes specific Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to deliver to Aboriginal communities and families.

On the 16 August successful providers were advised of the outcomes and this will enable approximately 2,618 victim survivors of family violence to be provided with long-term therapeutic healing and recovery support services.

In 2019–20 Family Safety Victoria funds eleven agencies to provide a state-wide response to children and young people up to 18 years who engage in sexually abusive behaviours.

What is next?

Therapeutic responses for family violence are an ongoing program from 2019–20.

FSV will work with successful providers over 2019–20 and 2020–21 to build evidence in what works for victim survivors to recover and heal; as well as to measure impact of the new investment.

The expansion of specialised therapeutic support services for Aboriginal Victorians who are victims of family violence and sexual assault will also support FSV community led action plans titled Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples. Strong Families.

What difference will we make?

This initiative will contribute to the National Outcomes that Indigenous communities are strengthened and that 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.

Victoria will monitor the SABTS component of this initiative by reporting on the number of children who receive a SABTS response.

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