Good Practice - Working together to support children and young people experiencing family violence

Family violence is recognised as a form of child abuse that impacts on children and young people’s development, safety and wellbeing.

This impact occurs when children and young people witness violence against mothers and other family members, when direct attacks are made on children and young people, and when children act to protect mothers. The absence of a safe and nurturing environment may also impact on children’s psycho-social development and outcomes in later life.

A key feature of the policy reforms for both the Victorian child and family services sector and the family violence sector has been the establishment of multi-service approaches that work together to more effectively meet the needs of children and young people.

This publication draws together a collection of case studies that highlight how practitioners from Child Protection, Child FIRST/Integrated Family Services and Family Violence services can effectively work together to improve outcomes for children and young people experiencing family violence.

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