- In progress
Who is leading the change
- Family Safety Victoria
The Victorian Government implement the recommendations of the mid-term evaluation of the Indigenous Family Violence 10 Year Plan.
The Victorian Government is working to implement all 27 recommendations from the mid-term evaluation of the Indigenous Family Violence 10 Year Plan.
Slot gameDhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families (the new Aboriginal 10 Year Family Violence Agreement 2018-2028) (Dhelk Dja) was launched in October 2018. Dhelk Dja is the key Aboriginal-led Victorian Agreement that commits the signatories – Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal services and government – to work together and be accountable for ensuring that Aboriginal people, families and communities are stronger, safer, thriving and living free from family violence. Dhelk Dja carries the mid-term evaluation recommendations forward for the next 10 years by reaffirming the commitment to:
- address family violence in Aboriginal communities
- build on the principles and objectives of the Indigenous Family Violence 10 Year Plan
- embed a community-led approach
Dhelk Dja articulates the vision and strategic priorities of Aboriginal communities in preventing and responding to family violence in Victoria. It also identifies how these strategic priorities will support the implementation of Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations, including implementing the recommendations from the mid-term evaluation.
Family Safety Victoria will continue to support and facilitate the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum (Partnership Forum), formerly the Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum, to maximise its strategic input into broader family violence and social service reform.
Slot gameDhelk Dja was launched in October 2018, following work undertaken by the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum to develop its vision, self-determination definition, guiding principles and strategic priorities. Work is also underway on the development of an evaluation and monitoring framework for the new plan and identifying actions under its first 3 Year Action Plan (2018-2021).
The 2017/18 State Budget allocated funding to continue to support the Partnership Forum as the key Aboriginal family violence governance and engagement mechanism overseeing the implementation of Dhelk Dja. The Partnership Forum endorsed terms of reference to govern how the Forum operates, including roles and responsibilities, membership, guiding principles, meeting practices and processes. Additionally, we have ensured strong Aboriginal representation across broader family violence and social service reform governance structures, including the Family Violence Steering Committee.
Implementing Dhelk Dja will involve working across government to progress initiatives that respond to the 27 recommendations from the mid-term evaluation of the Indigenous Family Violence 10 Year Plan including:
- progression of the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework redevelopment
- statewide delivery of the Koori Family Violence Police Protocols
- a review of the Healing and Time Out Services, with final recommendations and options to strengthen future service delivery, which was completed in 2017
The 2017/18 State Budget also allocated funding for:
- Stronger Aboriginal data collection and analysis and family violence program evaluation support for Aboriginal community controlled organisations. in addition to an evaluation and monitoring framework to accompany Dhelk Dja. This will enable Partnership Forum members to strengthen their oversight and monitoring of progress against the 10 Year Plan and implementation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations
- Evaluation capacity building will be strengthened by an Aboriginal-led evaluation of community initiatives funded under the Preventing the Cycle of Violence (PCV) Aboriginal Fund and Aboriginal Community Initiatives Fund
- The Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum will be better supported to access and use family violence data to inform their decision making, through the introduction of a dedicated Aboriginal Data Capability role within the Crime Statistics Agency
- The development and implementation of an Aboriginal co-designed family violence holistic healing framework, guided by the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum
Slot gameFunding was also allocated to review the Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Groups (now Dhelk Dja Action Groups) to ensure they are supported and enabled to drive community led, local family violence prevention and community awareness initiatives in local Aboriginal communities. Implementation of the recommendations from this review has commenced.
The 2018/19 State Budget delivered a $13.5 million investment towards the new Aboriginal 10 Year Family Violence Plan. This funding will:
- design Aboriginal Access Points to deliver culturally safe and appropriate support services to Aboriginal people and families alongside The Orange Door
- develop an Aboriginal Industry Strategy that will grow and support the Aboriginal family violence workforce and sector to meet future service demands
- establish the PCV Aboriginal Fund for Aboriginal communities and their organisations to deliver Aboriginal-led family violence prevention and early intervention initiatives.
The 2019/20 State Budget delivered $28.7 million over four years for the Dhelk Dja 10 Year Agreement for the operation of 3 Aboriginal Orange Door Access Points, and to expand Aboriginal frontline family violence services, including culturally appropriate responses for Aboriginal Victorians experiencing family violence.
- Forecast implementation date: 30 June 2021.
Reviewed 17 May 2020