This page is intended to inform and support family violence survivors, those associated with survivors, and professionals working in the sector. This information is directed towards people living on the Border and in the Ovens Murray catchment.

  • For information related to COVID-19 and family violence, please visit our COVID-19 and family violence webpage. Topics covered include family violence facts, information and support, keeping safe and supported, family violence professionals, other professionals, and training and resources.

Need help?

If you or someone you know needs assistance with a family violence situation, there is a wide range of family violence support services available statewide.

OM–FVP news

  • With Tricia Hazeleger finishing as the Principal Strategic Adviser (PSA) of the OM–FVP, the Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership has commenced recruitment for a new PSA with applications now closed.
  • Ovens Murray MARAM Collaborative Practice (online) sessions are now open for registration. Available from March to June 2021, these sessions will involve local workers in discussions about the MARAM Framework and encourage cross-sector collaboration to increase the safety of family violence victim survivors and keep perpetrators accountable. There will be a strong focus on supporting the organisations due to be prescribed under Phase Two of the framework. These sessions will again be offered via the Zoom platform (two sessions of three hours each) but this time on a ‘whole of catchment’ basis. Please register for the remaining sessions via Eventbrite:
    • Tue 25 May AND Thur 27 May, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
    • Thur 3 Jun AND Fri 4 Jun, 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm
    • Mon 21 Jun AND Wed 23 Jun, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
      If you require assistance with the registration process, please email naomi.peters@upperhumepcp.com.au.
  • For upcoming online events and training opportunities related to family violence and gender equity, please see the March 2021 update produced by the OM–FVP. Related events coming up soon can also be found on the UHPCP’s Events of interest page.
  • Members of the OM–FVP are invited to email fvpsa@upperhumepcp.com.au if they have any information and resources they would like shared with the OM–FVP members.

About us

The Ovens Murray – Family Violence Partnership (OM–FVP) is one of 13 Family Violence Regional Integration Committees across Victoria improving the integration of services by ‘identifying and prioritising local regional issues within the Statewide reform framework and developing an agreed Strategic Plan and Action Plan focusing on greater integration of family violence services’ (Guiding Integrated Family Violence Service Reform 2006–2009).

Regional integration committees play a strategic leadership role, building on the foundations of the strong relationships and a more integrated system to drive effective prevention and response to family violence, whilst supporting Victoria’s family violence reforms.

The OM–FVP is informed by local context. Our strategies are tailored to the Ovens Murray catchment (Local Government Areas of Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga and cross-border areas) of the Hume region and its distinctive population, geography, culture and service system. The partnership covers all communities that experience family violence, utilising the expertise and knowledge of people with lived experience of family violence and professionals responding to family violence across the Ovens Murray.

The partnership is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and supported by the Principal Strategic Advisor (PSA). The partnership is currently auspiced by Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership, which employs the PSA.

Our partnership

All community, health and government members from across the Ovens Murray are welcome to join the partnership, which utilises a tiered approach to enable engagement that is appropriate to each member’s commitment to achieving an end to family violence.

  • OM–FVP Executive—meets quarterly to collaboratively develop strategic priorities that respond to local regional issues and statewide reforms. These strategic priorities will inform the development of a three-year strategic plan.

  • OM–FVP Operations Committee—meets bimonthly to collaboratively identify and prioritise local/regional issues as they relate to the statewide reform framework, and develop an agreed Annual Action Plan, aligned to the Strategic Plan. The Operations Committee will implement the Action Plan through Working Groups and provide ongoing monitoring and oversight of this plan. One hour of each meeting is committed to cross-sectoral Working Groups focused on addressing strategic regional priorities.

For further information about the OM–FVP or to join the Working Groups and/or email list, please email fvpsa@upperhumepcp.com.au

Our vision

All communities in Ovens Murray live free from Family Violence

Monthly updates

The OM-FVP produces a monthly update for member of the Operations Committee and Executive.

You can download copies below:

OMFVP Strategic Plan 2020–2023

The OM-FVP has undertaken a collaborative strategic planning process to involve people across the spectrum of family violence work (i.e. prevention, early intervention, crisis response, and recovery) and to establish a strong foundation for the work of the partnership.

Throughout February to June 2020 (during COVID-19 restrictions) information was gathered from family violence and support workers as well as from people with lived experience of family violence through face-to-face and online groups, individual interviews and surveys asking three key questions regarding family violence needs, strategies and priorities in the Ovens Murray catchment.

As a result, 153 people contributed to the evidence base for this strategic plan. Thank you to the 93 workers and 60 people with lived experience of family violence who shared their insights into the family violence needs, gaps, priorities and strategies across the Ovens Murray catchment.

The OM–FVP Strategic Plan is now available for your viewing and can be downloaded as either a summary or a final report—see below.

All responses, including workers and people with lived experience of family violence, have been de-identified to protect privacy and manage risk.

OMFVP Strategic Plan 2020–2023: Summary Cover of OM-FVP Strategic Plan 2020-2023

A thematic analysis of the respondent data identified the priorities, as presented in the Strategic Plan 2020–2023: Summary.

OMFVP Strategic Plan 2020-2023 Final Report (Process and Brief Findings)

This final report provides a thematic analysis of the respondent data and the priorities identified, along with brief findings of the number of comments received supported by a representative quote.

OMFVP Strategic Planning Data Appendices

  • A full report of all response data (de-identified and themed) is provided in the Ovens Murray – Family Violence Partnership Strategic Planning Data Appendices, which is available for limited distribution. For further details, please email fvpsa@upperhumepcp.com.au.

So, what are the OM-FVP strategic priorities arising from the planning process?

  • Overall system integration—improve family violence service information, strengthen cross-sector collaboration (including establishment of The Orange Door reform program), targeted early-intervention strategies, better connection between specialist family violence workers and local services
  • Service developments to identified populations—victim survivors, perpetrators, children (0–12 years), young people (12–25 years), older people, Aboriginal communities (in collaboration with the Dhelk Dja strategy), culturally and linguistically diverse communities, LGBTQI+ people, people with disabilities, rural communities, border (Vic/NSW) communities
  • Targeted sector development—prevention, criminal justice (police and courts), housing, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, family violence and disasters, financial support
  • Workforce development and capacity building—training (including MARAM Collaborative Practice), recruitment and retention
  • Evidence and data—data systems to guide strategic improvements, monitoring and evaluation
  • Governance and leadership—OM–FVP Executive and Operations meetings, statewide meetings and partnerships, finance management, funding, involvement of people with lived experience of family violence in OM–FVP planning and action.

Going forward

  • Collaborative Working Groups—The foremost implementation approach we will use to address the identified priorities will be the establishment and support of OM–FVP Collaborative Working Groups (Executive and Operations Committee). These groups will meet regularly and develop annual action plans to address regional priorities.
  • Training—The schedule for our upcoming March–June 2021 round of Ovens Murray MARAM Collaborative Practice online training has now been released. Initially offered by the OM–FVP late last year, the sessions involve local workers in discussions about the family violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) and encourage cross-sector collaboration in each local government area to increase the safety of family violence victim survivors and keep perpetrators accountable. Registration for all sessions is now open through Eventbrite. Organisations prescribed in Phase 2 of the MARAM Framework implementation (April 2021) are encouraged to participate in this training. These sessions (two x three-hour sessions) will again be offered via the Zoom platform but this time on a ‘whole of catchment’ basis. For all enquiries regarding registrations, please email  naomi.peters@upperhumepcp.com.au

Evidence diagram

Contact us

Tricia Hazeleger has now finished as the Principal Strategic Adviser of the OM–FVP and recruitment has started to appoint a new PSA. If OM–FVP members have any queries prior to the appointment of a new PSA, please email fvpsa@upperhumepcp.com.au or contact Kathleen Brasher, Executive Officer, Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership, at kathleen.brasher@upperhumepcp.com.au.

Orange Door

The Victorian Government is supporting more women and children to escape family violence with the rollout of the Orange Door network as they continue to implement all the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Orange Door is about providing every family the specialist support they need—regardless of where they live—from workers across family violence, child and family services, Aboriginal and men’s services, along with emergency and crisis services.

In August 2020 the government announced the network was already operating in five areas across the state with another three areas to be going online soon. In good news for the Ovens Murray, the government announced the network would be expanding to an additional five areas of the state including Ovens Murray.

Orange Door is expected to open in the North East in 2021. The family violence response hub will be established in Wangaratta with possible access points in other areas.

  • View or download the Victorian Government media release dated 27 August 2020: ‘Keeping Our Promises With Five More Orange Doors To Open’