In response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence it was acknowledged that family violence is a complex issue with many intersections, including substance use. A number of reforms have been initiated, of which some intersect with the AOD sector, including:

  • Responding to Family Violence Capability Framework;
  • Family violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM);
  • Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS);
  • Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS).

To support the AOD sector with the implementation of the reforms mentioned above, VAADA has been funded for a number of projects.

Firstly, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) commissioned VAADA to support the AOD sector with the implementation of the MARAM, FVISS and CISS. Building on existing training opportunities, VAADA will provide practice guidance on the implications of the reforms in the AOD context.

Secondly, Family Safety Victoria (FSV) has commissioned VAADA to support the AOD sector with the implementation of the Responding to Family Violence Capability Framework. This Framework identifies workforce capabilities associated with responding to victim survivors and perpetrators of intimate partner violence. It is anticipated that the capabilities outlined in the framework will over time be embedded in industry-specific codes or standards.

VAADA is aware that AOD and Family Violence service provision is underpinned by a range of frameworks, sometimes with conflicting practice principles.  To help inform the AOD’s response to family violence, VAADA will develop guiding practice principles at the intersection of AOD and Family Violence.

For more information contact:

Marije Roos, Family Violence Capability Project Lead
Email: mroos@vaada.org.au