Information Sheet for Aboriginal Communities
This information sheet explains the police response when receiving a report of family violence and lists some specialist Aboriginal services.
It is written for:
- people who are harmed by family violence
- the person who is committing family violence
- people who are supporting them.
Please feel free to download this information sheet, see the family violence publications page for more resources
Koori Family Violence Police Protocols
One of the key strategies to address family violence in Aboriginal communities is the Koori Family Violence Police Protocols.
Koori Police Family Violence Protocols have been developed to outline how police and community work together to best respond to family violence.
Throughout this page the term 'Aboriginal' is used to refer to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
What are the Protocols?
The Protocols are an agreement between local Aboriginal communities and Victoria Police that document the local police response to family violence.
What is the aim of the Protocols?
The aim of the Protocols is to strengthen the police response to, and reduce the number of, family violence incidents in the Aboriginal community.
How do they achieve their aim?
The Protocols ensure that at a family violence incident, police determine if any participant identifies as Aboriginal.
This ensures people have access to a culturally safe referral and the choice of referral to either an Aboriginal or Non-Aboriginal support agency.
Why were the Protocols developed?
The need for improvements to the police response to family violence in the Aboriginal community had been identified in a number of forums and prioritised in several key government documents:
How are the Protocols supported?
The protocols specify that police members should receive cultural awareness training delivered by members of the local Aboriginal community, and local communities, police and support services should develop and sustain strong local partnerships.
Where do the Protocols operate?
Ballarat, Bairnsdale, Dandenong, Darebin, Mildura, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Wimmera. Each protocol location has its own document.
The protocols are living documents which are regularly updated.
The Mildura and Wimmera Protocols documents are not available in an electornic format.