Family Violence Community of Practice

VAADA’s Family Violence AOD Community of Practice is an active network of clinicians, decision makers and community leaders working within the AOD sector, who are keen to learn from and with each other.

COP members will receive regular updates on MARAM resourcing, education and employment opportunities, information packs, and invites to events designed around key work-based challenges and skill-sharing.

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Annual survey

The Family Violence AOD Community of Practice annual survey allows members to choose which family violence topics and themes they most wanted the COP to address, share their experiences with MARAM, and provide insight into how VAADA can better support their professional development.


A report summarising the survey’s findings can be found here.


A report summarising the survey’s findings can be found here.

Past Events

To view and download resources and slides from previous community of practice events, click here

Risk Assessments help us understand the level of risk experienced by the victim survivor we’re working with – what does best practice look?

* Liz Yared (Safe + Equal)
* Ellen McGregor (Safe + Equal)

24 August 2022

We know that elder abuse is underreported and rendered invisible – how do we spot the signs?


  • Mandy Strange (Better Place Australia)
  • Franca Butera-Prinzi (The Bouverie Centre)

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2 June 2022

Known across the family violence sector as the “Red Flags” of family violence, these are the fourteen evidence based high-risk indicators that clinicians are trained to look out for when meeting with their clients.


  • Jacky Tucker (Safe+Equal)

Download the resource

27 April 2022

The prevalence of tech-facilitated abuse has increased during the pandemic – what do we need to know?


  • A/Prof Bridget Harris (Monash University)
  • Ellen Bishop (Berry Street)
  • Leonie Burnham (eSafety Commission)

Watch the recording

23 February 2022

First Nations people, particularly women and children, are disproportionately affected by family violence. What should we be aware of?


  • Tahlia Eastman (The University of Melbourne)
  • March Richards (No To Violence)

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11 November 2021

We’re likely to work with adults who use violence in the AOD sector. What should we be aware of? What are our responsibilities under MARAM?


  • Erin Lockington (No To Violence)
  • Mark Richards (No to Violence)

Watch the recording

Monthly newsletter archive

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Edition 14 – December 2022

Edition 1 – November 2021

Edition 2 – December 2021