Who we are
DV Vic and DVRCV have united to form Safe and Equal, combining over thirty years of experience in advocacy and innovation for change in the family violence sector. Connecting strength, capacity, and resources for greater impact, Safe and Equal is the peak body for Victoria’s specialist family violence services supporting victim survivors.
Safe and Equal works with practitioners and leaders to bring grassroots issues into the public policy arena, coordinate and participate in advocacy and action to reform policy and improve the service system, and scale up and embed practice development and innovation across the continuum from primary prevention to recovery.
DO YOU NEED
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call triple zero (000). If you would like to find specialist family violence services in your area, please view the support services page.
Everyone has a role to play in ending family violence. Developing a shared understanding of this issue is an important first step to addressing it.
Change takes time
Ending family violence is complex. Even with the incredible investment into improving Victoria’s response to family violence in recent years, barriers and gaps still exist.
Safe and Equal calls for a continued focus on family violence in their 2022 Victorian Election Platform.
We deliver a range of training courses to further your knowledge in preventing and responding to family violence. We also run events and leadership programs to help you connect with others in the sector and build your career.
Training quick links:
Prevention in Practice - Virtual
Prevention in Practice is an interactive virtual course, based on recognised industry standards, providing the foundational knowledge and skills for prevention practitioners who are new to the sector. It includes a comprehensive introduction to prevention program design, from development to successful implementation.
Responding to Disclosures - Virtual
This three-hour virtual interactive training provides foundational knowledge in understanding family violence and responding to disclosures of family violence. It prepares participants to recognise indicators of family violence, ask questions and provide a safe, simple and sensitive response to a disclosure from an adult victim survivor experiencing family violence.
Case Notes, Family Violence and the Law
With the rapidly-changing family violence sector and new legislation, it’s never been a better time to learn about case notes or to have a refresher. In this full-day training, you will learn best practices for the structure, style and language of case notes, and develop your knowledge about how to respond to subpoenas, appearing as a witness in court, privacy and legal issues.
16 days of activism
In 2022, Safe and Equal and Respect Victoria are hosting an online workshop series to support community engagement with the 16 Days of Activism campaign.
From September to early December, these four events will be opportunities to meet other 16 Days campaigners, offer ways to manage resistance and backlash (including in online spaces), drop in and ask questions should you need extra support, as well as a session to celebrate and reflect on your 2022 16 Days campaign.
16 Days of Activism 2022 Kick Off Workshop
Wednesday 12 October 2022, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join Safe and Equal and Respect Victoria to kick off your campaign planning and meet others who are part of the 16 Days of Activism for 2022. During this session, the Safe and Equal team will provide a brief overview of how to get the most out of this year’s toolkit and other campaign resources.
Managing resistance in your 16 Days of Activism campaign
Wednesday 19 October, 11:00am-1:00pm
This session will help prepare you to identify different forms of resistance and backlash you may encounter during your 16 Days campaign, including in online spaces. As well as identifying different forms of resistance, this session will help equip participants with strategies and skills to respond, encourage open dialogue and create meaningful conversations.
16 Days of Activism 2022 – Drop in Q&A
Wednesday 9 November, 11:00am-12:00pm
Join Safe and Equal and Respect Victoria in an unstructured drop-in session to ask any questions or seek advice on campaign activities. This session will run for one hour, and attendees are welcome to drop in and out of the Zoom workshop as needed.
Wednesday 7 December, 11:00am-1:00pm
This session will be a celebratory reflection and wrap-up session where we will hear from a handful of 16 Days campaigns on their wins and challenges experienced during their 2022 campaign activities. There will be time for Q&A after each presentation.
Safe and Equal is the peak body for specialist family violence services responding to victim survivors of family violence in Victoria.
Working across family violence response and prevention, we are recognised as the statewide voice of specialist family violence services.