So what do you do? Joining the family violence workforce

Posted: 9th May

 

“Victoria’s family violence sector is incredible – but we need more people to know that there is a family violence sector, that there are jobs available in a range of areas and that they could be perfect for one of them.” 

Since the release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report in 2016, Victoria has made significant progress in responding to and working towards ending violence against women. It’s no longer ‘a family issue’ or something that doesn’t get talked about. The conversation – and the desire to achieve lasting change – is real and growing.  

In Victoria, our primary goals are to: 

  • support people in our community to be safe 
  • work with men who use violence to help them to change 
  • prevent violence by promoting and embedding equality and respect at every level: individual, family, organisational, institutional and societal. 

The family violence workforce is essential to achieving these goals. The specialist response and primary prevention sectors have experienced rapid growth since the Royal Commission. This growth is likely to continue – labour market forecasting indicates that over the five years from 2017, the health and social assistance industry, in which the specialist sectors are primarily embedded, will be the fastest growing industry in the state. 

In 2017 the Victorian Government launched Building from Strength: 10-Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Responsewhich identified key challenges for attracting and retaining suitably qualified staff – in particular, a lack of understanding that a specialist family violence workforce exists.    

The release of Strengthening the Foundations: First Rolling Action Plan 2019-2022 further reiterates the need to strengthen the capacity of the system to meet the current and future demands for specialist family violence and prevention practitioners.  

Victoria’s family violence sector is incredible – but we need more people to know that there is a family violence sector, that there are jobs available in a range of areas and that they could be perfect for one of them.  

It’s equally important to promote the value of the work and the sector’s values. 

The www.familyviolence.vic.gov.au/jobs is an information hub to help grow the family violence workforce in Victoria. It raises awareness about the available roles, generates curiosity about family violence work, and drives potential, ‘ideal’ candidates to find out more about roles across specialist family violence response, primary prevention, and men’s behaviour change services. 

The Family Violence Jobs Portal is where you go to find and advertise roles in the family violence workforce. Find out how to set up your profile or advertise a role

So, what do you do? Do you want to help end family violence in Victoria?