Family violence referral protocol between the Department of Health & Human Services and Victoria Police

The Family violence referral protocol between the Department of Health & Human Services and Victoria Police 2015 provides guidance on how Victoria Police, the Department of Health & Human Services and the service agencies it funds can work together to strengthen the collective response to family violence.

The aim of this protocol is to document effective referral pathways between Victoria Police and family violence services funded by the Department of Health & Human Services so women and children are better protected and family violence is reduced over time.

It outlines the approaches for:

  • formal and informal referrals by police for victims of family violence to family violence services
  • assessing the risk to any child or children or young person present at a family violence incident, and referring that child to appropriate support services
  • formal and informal referrals by police of perpetrators of family violence to services and emergency accommodation if required
  • referral by family violence support agencies for police assistance.
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