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Family Violence Social Work Practice Group

Contact the Convenors

Christine Craik
0407 043 712

Melissa Brown
0450 216 968

Abbey Newman
0425 881 814



To provide a forum for discussing the social work perspective in working with family violence . Specifically, the group will:

  • Function as a peer group in which contemporary, professional issues can be discussed. (This is especially important in light of the recently released recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, and the potential role for Social Workers and the AASW in the implementing of these recommendations.
  • Plan, develop and provide advice to the AASW on continuing professional development activities that encourages the development and continuation of social work skills in the area of family violence
  • Contribute to discussions on policy positions and submissions with the AASW in the area of Social Work contributions and practice in Family Violence.

How do I join the FVSWPG?

Email to join.

Accredited Family Violence Social Worker (AFVSW)

AASW are proud to launching the Your Distinction Program. This program introduces six new credentials in the areas of Family Violence, Clinical, Disability, Supervision, Child Protection and Aged Care. These are in addition to our existing accredited social worker and accredited mental health social worker credentials.

The AFVSW crediential opened on 2 July 2018. To find out why should should become an AFVSW and, eligibility requirements and how to apply visit AFVSW.


28 May 2019
FVSWPG Information Session on the Roll Out of Recommendations for the Victorian Police

10 December 2018
FVSWPG Forum: Working with Family Violence Intersectoral Practice

10 September 2018
FVSWPG Information on the early implementation of the Support and Safety Hubs and updated MARAM and overview on Accredited Family Violence Social Worker

8 October 2018
Family Violence Social Work Practice Group (FVSWPG) Meeting

12 September 2017
FVSWPG Consultation with Family Safety Victoria on the Ministerial Guidelines for the no consent component of the information sharing amendments to the Family Violence Protection Act

12 July 2017
Inclusive Family Violence Practice - Supporting Women in the Sex Industry

26 April 2017
Meeting topic: Report Card on the roll out of the RCFV recommendations presented by Alison McDonald, the Policy and Program Manager from Domestic Violence Victoria.
Recording of this presentation available here

10 November 2016
Meeting Launch

Contact the Victorian Branch

Victorian Branch Services Coordinator
(Monday to Friday)

Ph: 03 9320 1000 or 1800 630 124 (toll free alternative)

Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne

PO Box 2008
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Parkville Vic 3050

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