Family violence and information sharing: Lessons from the Victorian scheme

In May 2017, the Family Violence Act 2016 commenced in the ACT, aiming to reduce the prevalence of family violence in the region after a number of devastating family violence homicides in 2015. Early this year, the Justice and Community Safety Directorate released a final report reviewing the Act's effectiveness. Among a number of key recommendations, the report highlighted gaps in communication within the system, and endorsed the establishment of a working group to review and develop an information sharing model for the ACT.

In light of similar recommendations, an information sharing scheme was adopted in Victoria in 2018, putting into action key recommendations from Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence and the Coronial Inquest into the death of Luke Batty. Monash University’s Gender and Family Violence Prevention Team were tasked with reviewing the scheme, which saw contributions over the course of three years from 1000 practitioners, managers, experts, and survivors.

The ACT Law Society’s Family Violence and Children’s Committee invites you to attend a webinar discussing key findings from the review of the Victorian model, presented by Professor JaneMaree Maher. Professor Maher is the Director of Monash University’s Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, and lead researcher within its Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre. The webinar presents a timely opportunity for ACT practitioners to learn from and apply the lessons and experience of the Victorian model and to use those findings in the context of local practice.

Professor JaneMaree Maher is Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, Sociology, Monash University. She has published five books and more than 60 articles focused on gender issues and equality, including Sex work: Labour, mobility and sexual services (Routledge: 2013) with Sharon Pickering and Alison Gerard, and Securing Women’s Lives (Routledge 2018) with Sandra Walklate, Kate Fitz-Gibbon, and Jude McCulloch. She is a lead researcher in the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention team. She is currently working on gendered violence prevention projects with the Victorian State Government, and with Australia’s National Research Organization for Women’s Safety. Recent projects include the Review of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme for the Victorian Government and Perpetrator Interventions in Australia: A national study of judicial views and sentencing practice for domestic violence offenders.


  • When: 1-2pm, Friday 6 August 2021
  • Where: This is a webinar. You will be sent log in details when you register.
  • CPD: Members will earn 1 point in core area 4 (substantive law)
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 members, $115 non-members, $25 students/CLCs
  • Registrations close Thursday 5 August 2021

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