IPCA and Domestic Violence Best Practice Protocol
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Domestic Violence and International Parental Child Abduction – Towards a Better Response (funded by Victorian Women’s Trust)

ISS Australia has developed a best practice protocol to guide responsive service provision for caregivers and children impacted by family violence and contemplating fleeing internationally with their children. The Best Practice Protocol has been developed with the generous support of the Victorian Women’s Trust and in collaboration with organisations representing the legal, family violence and community support sectors in Victoria.

You can view the Best Practice Protocol here and accompanying Project Report here.

ISS Australia hopes the guidelines presented in the practice protocol will:

  • Lead to responsive services for mothers and their children which enhance their dignity and safety and prevent the international removal of children
  • Improve referral networks for women and children experiencing family violence
  • Increase awareness of international child removal and retention among legal, community and family violence services
  • Enhance ISS Australia’s networks within the legal and family violence services sector in order to improve services to clients

The Best Practice Protocol is a starting point in ISS Australia’s response to to family violence and the safety of caregivers and their children.

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