Family violence prevention initiatives

ACT Policing is one of the primary stakeholders in the Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP), along with other agencies within the criminal justice system such as ACT Director of Public Prosecutions, Victim Support ACT, Legal Aid ACT, ACT Courts and community sector agencies such as Domestic Violence Crisis Service. The program provides an inter-agency response to family violence.

The FVIP’s focus is on improving the criminal justice system response to family violence. The overarching objectives are to:

  • work cooperatively together
  • maximise safety and protection for victims of family violence
  • provide opportunities for offender accountability and rehabilitation
  • work towards continual improvement of the FVIP.

ACT Policing is a member of the Domestic Violence Prevention Council (DVPC). The DVPC is an independent statutory body established in 1997 under the Domestic Violence Agencies Act 1986. The Council is the peak body to offer advice to the ACT Attorney-General on issues relevant to its responsibilities on domestic violence.

White Ribbon Foundation

The Chief Police Officer for the ACT is a White Ribbon Day Ambassador and ACT Policing is committed to supporting the White Ribbon Foundation. Each year we take part in a number of initiatives including White Ribbon Night and Men in Uniform stalls on White Ribbon Day to raise valuable funds for violence against women prevention initiatives.

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

ACT Policing has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS). Our officers encourage victims of family violence to allow DVCS to attend the location of the incident to support the victim.

SupportLink

ACT Policing also works closely with SupportLink who offer referral services specifically for victims of family violence in non-crisis situations. This ensures there is appropriate follow up care for victims after police are no longer required.

EveryMan Australia

ACT Policing also actively promotes early intervention and assistance to be offered to alleged offenders of family violence in an attempt to stop the cycle of family violence.

The program is voluntary and aimed at perpetrators regardless of their relationship or gender. Referrals to EveryMan Australia by police aim to encourage offenders, in this case, men to address the underlying behaviours that are generating conflict in their families and personal relationships.

EveryMan Australia is providing a phone support service for anyone who thinks that they’re at risk of using violence with a partner. This service is available not only to men at risk of using violence with women, but to members of Canberra’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Queer community and to women at risk of using violence to male partners. Call Connect24 on 1800 261 610 to speak to a Violence Prevention worker.

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