VAADA Family Violence – Express Update March 2020


AOD Comprehensive Assessment – review for Family Violence reforms

Turning Point has been leading a project and working group to review the AOD Intake and Assessment tools. The next step is to update the Clinician Guide attached to the AOD tools, to reflect the FV reforms. The tools will be updated when the guide to working with people who use violence is available, which is currently being developed.

What’s coming up?

While everyone deals with the COVID-19 crisis, all MARAM and other direct training has been cancelled. In the meantime VAADA is working on an e-learning course on the foundational knowledge for evidence-based FV work in the AOD context.

We are also creating an online suite of FV resources designed just for the AOD context. It will be a ‘one-site-stop’ for finding the referral and advice you are looking for in your work with people who use or are subject to violence.

Learn more

If you are interested in the correlation between social distancing and self-isolation and family violence, check out this article from Monash University .

This page from No To Violence gives some excellent practice tips for practitioners who are supporting clients who use violence during the pandemic.

Domestic Violence Victoria have also released some information on how COVID-19 may be used as a tactic or excuse for family violence – share this information with:

Get Help

For Family Violence services by phone and online, check out this handy list.

A FAQ about COVID-19 and Family Violence from The Lookout – a great starting point for AOD practitioners being challenged by FV.

A service map and practice information (& heaps of other handy info) can be found at The Lookout.