The Royal Commission into Family Violence highlighted the important and differentiated roles that a range of workforces play in responding to family violence and in the prevention of violence against women and their children. In recognition of the importance of these workforces, the Royal Commission recommended the development of a 10 year industry plan for family violence prevention and response in Victoria, to be delivered by December 2017.
The Royal Commission also highlighted the lack of detailed knowledge and systematic collection of workforce data about family violence in Victoria. The Workforce Census seeks to address this knowledge gap by collecting data from across the range of workforces that play a role in preventing, identifying and responding to family violence. The Census is an opportunity for you to highlight key workforce issues that are of concern to you.
This data will aid Government in ensuring that the 10 year industry plan demonstrates an informed, detailed and comprehensive understanding of Victoria’s family violence workforce. It will support effective industry planning to ensure that Victoria’s family violence workforces are recognised, valued and skilled.
This survey will take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Please submit your response by 5th May 2017.
The Family Violence Protection Act 2008 defines ‘family violence’ as behaviour towards a family member that is physically, sexually, emotionally, psychologically or economically abusive, threatening, coercive or controlling. Under this definition, children who hear, witness or are exposed to family violence should be considered victims in their own right.
The Family Violence Protection Act defines ‘family member’ broadly – it includes current and former intimate partners, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, parents or step-parents, children, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. It also includes relationships that can be considered ‘family-like’ – for example, carers or cultural relationships.
For privacy purposes, where the survey invites you to provide information in your own words under 'Other' or 'Please specify' boxes, please do not include identifying details such as individuals' names, including your own.
If this survey raises issues or concerns for you, support services are available:
•Please click HERE for information about support services.
•Please click HERE for information about the Family Violence Workforce Census.
Please note all data from this survey will be given to the Department of Premier and Cabinet in an aggregate format. By commencing the survey you acknowledge that you have read and understood this notification and agree to your response being included in this dataset.
Please click HERE to read the Plain Language Statement which outlines further information about the purpose of this survey and how the data will be used.