Victorian Specialist Family Violence Advisors

In 2017 the Victorian Government funded the establishment of the Specialist Family Violence Advisors (SFVA) positions across 17 areas. The ongoing positions are auspiced by mental health and AOD service providers. SFVAs embed family violence expertise within the AOD and mental health sectors, supporting continuous improvement, lead system and practice change, and build sector capacity and capability to identify, assess, and respond to family violence.

The SFVA in your area (see below for contact list) will help with:
promoting and understanding MARAM
• the Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes (FVISS)
• the Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS)
• providing secondary consultations.

SFVA Guidelines and Reporting Templates

SFVA Guidelines and reporting templates can be found here.

The guidelines provide guidance to AOD agencies working with Specialist Family Violence Advisor service delivery across Victoria. They support consistent state-wide delivery of the program, describe key responsibilities, clarify roles and activities, and confirm reporting requirements.

The reporting template provides advice and a template to support the provision of annual reports.

Please contact the Statewide SFVA Coordinator, Fernanda Santos,, for more information.

Find your local AOD/Mental Health SFVA