Hepburn Family Violence Action Group


The Hepburn Family Violence Action Group (HFVAG) works together at a local level to support access to services when and where people need them, and to positively influence systemic reforms.

Specifically, the HFVAG:

  • Facilitates the local exchange of information about services operating inHepburnto improve the co-ordination and responsiveness of the system.
  • Draws on its collective expertise to advocate for the needs of Hepburn and shape the design and rollout of initiatives at the local level.


The composition of HFVAG aims to support a joined up family violence system in Hepburn, with cross-sectoral representation fromfamily violence specialist services and local government, education, health, justice and community sectors. New members are invited upon the agreement of the Chair in consultation with members.Membership is encouraged at a senior level to enable participation in strategic decision-making. Practitioners may also be invited to working groups or consultation processes to provide on the ground insights forspecific activities.

Roles and responsibilities

HFVAG members activelycontribute to:

  • Fostering collaboration and coordination across relevant agencies
  • Understanding the occurrence of, and response to, family violence in Hepburn – using data /an evidence-based approach wherever possible
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to a responsive system to the extent possible
  • Promoting and coordinating cross-sector professional development and better practice in family violence in Hepburn
  • Maintaining the focus of the HFVAG on its agreed objectivesand work plan
  • Monitoring and influencingexternal factors relevant to the HFVAG’s objectives.

HFVAG members commit to:

  • Attending all scheduled meetings or arranging a proxy wherever possible
  • Wholeheartedly championing and contributing to the work of the HFVAG
  • Sharing communications and information across relevant networks where appropriate
  • Making timely decisions and taking action so as to not hold up the work of the HFVAG
  • Notifying members as soon as possible of any matter which may impact the work of HFVAG.

Member Organisations (as at March 2018)

  • Berry Street
  • Central Highlands Integrated Family Violence Committee (Principal Strategic Advisor and Project Support)
  • Child and Family Services (CAFS)
  • Department of Education and Training (Respectful Relationships program)
  • Hepburn Health Service (maternal child health)
  • Hepburn Health Service (mental health)
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Lifeline/ Uniting Care
  • Springs Medical
  • Victoria Legal Aid
  • Victoria Police
  • White Ribbon (pending)
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