Initiated in 2015, the initiative was developed in recognition that a more joined up service response across family violence and child protection was necessary to support women and children affected by domestic and family violence (DFV).  The initiative included Berry Street women’s and men’s workers co-located with CP and working together as part of investigation/assessment services.

QCDFVR conducted a process and outcome evaluation in 2017 utilising a mixed methods approach. The evidence collected from practitioners and families shows the joint initiative is contributing towards many of the expected short-term outcomes for families.  More monitoring and outcome information is required to assess medium to long term outcomes.

TIMEFRAME: May 2017 – November 2017

SPONSOR: Victoria Department of Health and Human Services (Ballarat Central Highlands Area) and Berry Street