Organise cross-training between emergency management and domestic and family violence sectors

  • Network with emergency services to provide domestic violence education.
  • Work with the Australian Emergency Management Institute to incorporate natural disasters & family violence into their national training.
  • Develop training for domestic violence workers to support them in working with people dealing with disasters and trauma.

Promote awareness of family violence and services among community members

  • Gather information for women who may be experiencing family violence.
  • Include discussions on family violence and trauma in neighbourhood nights as part of recovery activities.
  • Offer programs and activities that will support behaviour change in boys and men.

Share and discuss the information gathered at the conference with colleagues

  • Discuss with my team how the organisation would work with other services in the area to address family violence in the event of a natural disaster.
  • Share this information with my team and classmates…the more people that know, the better.
  • Raise the issue with my team about getting training to recognise domestic violence in emergency response.

Networking to pursue opportunities for inter-agency collaboration and coordinated planning

  • Work with senior emergency management leaders to include family violence in national emergency management plans.
  • Take the initiative to contact agencies dealing with disasters and plan inter-agency collaboration.
  • Hold discussions with local councils and family violence services as part of regional emergency management planning activities.
  • Incorporate collaborative work with disaster and emergency planning into regional plans and coalitions which address violence against women.
  • Raise awareness of family violence after disasters with relief and recovery committees to advocate for increased funding and capacity to address family violence.

Improve family violence organisational plans to include disasters preparation and response

  • Review business continuity plan.
  • Include collaboration with emergency services organisations in emergency planning.
  • Develop a plan which focuses on best practice in supporting clients.
  • Outline procedures and implementation processes for relief resources.
  • Make sure we have a risk management plan at work and at home.

Increase my knowledge, share information and engage in discussions

  • Keep listening to people’s stories.
  • Read ‘The Way He Tells It’…Relationships After Black Saturday report and identify recommendations that I can implement.
  • Explore programs and responses for men.
  • Learn more and educate others through reading, conversations, partnerships, staff meetings and conferences.

Conduct research to further understand the issues in the Australian context

  • Explore the experiences and responses of children to disasters and violence.
  • Add questions about violence, gender and social connectedness to ongoing research on emergency preparedness.
  • Further document men’s and women’s experiences, coping and responses after natural disasters.

Change policies, programs and services to acknowledge the inter-relation between family violence and disasters/emergencies

  • Adapt the Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) for disaster and emergency settings.
  • Promote integrated service responses to family violence and highlight the impact following disaster.
  • Promote gender equity and understanding of gender differences in disaster settings among the community, service providers and emergency management sector.
  • Identify ways to better identify and respond to family violence when providing emergency relief and response to families and communities.

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