Queer Family Violence Sector Network

The Queer Family Violence Sector Network or QFVSN is a collaborative peer support network of workers and advocates from the LGBTQ family violence and related sectors (Tiers 1 to 4 of the Integrated Family Violence System), who come together to share knowledge and resources on improving access and service provision for LGBTQ people experiencing or using family violence.

QFVSN offers its members access to: a regular newsletter, forums and workshops for the sector, quarterly meetings, networking opportunities and a wealth of LGBTIQ inclusive practice resources for the family violence sector.

For further information on QFVSN, visit our project page

To join QFVSN, click here.

LGBTIQ Intimate Partner and Family Violence Programs

Rainbow Health Australia is working with Family Safety Victoria to better equip family violence services to provide safe and inclusive support to LGBTIQ people experiencing intimate partner and family violence.

We are delivering the HOW2 program to all specialist family violence services in Victoria in order to support them to attain Rainbow Tick accreditation.

This project includes funding for an evaluation of the efficacy of large scale ‘whole sector’ LGBTIQ inclusive practice interventions driven and supported by governing or regulatory bodies.

We also offer a professional development module to better equip staff within family violence services to work with LGBTIQ people experiencing family violence.

For more information, please contact:

Rainbow Network

Rainbow Network empowers health and human services that work with young people to provide safe, welcoming and inclusive services for young LGBTIQ+ Victorians.

Rainbow Network offers:

  • LGBTIQ+ inclusive practice training
  • Resources about LGBTIQ+ inclusive practice
  • Secondary consultation and referral
  • Regular issues-based forum and professional learning opportunities
  • Quarterly Community of Practice Group.

Rainbow Network is delivered in partnership with the Health Equal Youth (HEY) partnership funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

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Val’s Ageing and Aged Care

Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care works to improve healthy ageing pathways, care and visibility of older LGBTI people.
We work directly with service providers and facilitate a network of individuals and organisations to foster an understanding of the histories and experiences of older LGBTI people, and how these may impact access to services and care.

Val’s aims to create safe and inclusive services that recognise and value older LGBTI people.

We offer:

  • LGBTI inclusive aged care training
  • Regular e-bulletins
  • Website that provides research-based information, resources and links for workers, policy makers and LGBTI consumers.

For more information, please contact:

LGBTIQ Family Violence Prevention Project

The LGBTIQ Family Violence Prevention Project is an initiative of Rainbow Health Australia that focusses on family violence experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer communities, and how to prevent such violence from happening in the first place.

This project forges new ground in the primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities, seeking to address critical evidence gaps, strengthen understanding of the drivers of violence, and

build expertise for both LGBTIQ organisations and family violence primary prevention organisations to effectively deliver evidence-based programs.

For further information, visit our project page.

How can we help create change in your organisation?

In addition to our projects and initiatives, Rainbow Health Australia offers a range of training programs that help organisations to become safer and more inclusive for LGBTIQ people.