Joanne Sheehan-Paterson

Biography

JOANNE HAS WORKED IN THE SECTOR OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND FAMILY VIOLENCE FOR OVER TWO DECADES. JOANNE WAS ALSO EMPLOYED AS A LECTURER WITH LA TROBE UNIVERSITY, VICTORIA IN THE SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM FROM 2001-2008.
JOANNE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE VICTORIAN MULTIDISCIPLINARY CENTRES MODEL IN VICTORIA.

Abstract

THE VICTORIAN MULTIDISCIPLINARY CENTRES MODEL

THE AIMS OF THE VICTORIAN MULTIDISCIPLINARY CENTRES MODEL(MDCs) IS TO RESPOND TO CHILD AND ADULT VICTIM/SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND FAMILY VIOLENCE IN AN INTEGRATED, MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CONTEXT AND ENVIRONMENT WHICH PROVIDES SAFETY, SUPPORT AND ACCESS TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

MDCs HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO IMPROVE RESPONSES TO SEXUAL OFFENCES AND CHILD ABUSE. THE CENTRES CO-LOCATE SEXUAL ASSAULT COUNSELLOR ADVOCATES WITH SPECIALIST POLICE INVESTIGATORS, AND CHILD PROTECTION PRACTITIONERS, AS WELL AS FORENSIC MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS.

THESE SPECIALIST PROFESSIONALS WORK COLLABORATIVELY TO PROVIDE A VICTIM/SURVIVOR CENTRED, SPECIALIST, INTEGRATED AND HOLISTIC RESPONSE TO VICTIMS AND THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS FROM A SINGLE LOCATION.

IMPROVED INTEGRATION AND CO-LOCATION OF THE KEY AGENCIES HAS THE CAPACITY TO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE THE RESPONSE TO VICTIMS/SURVIVORS AND SIGNIFICANT OTHERS.

MDCs PROVIDE SERVICES TO ANY PERSON WHO HAS EXPERIENCED SEXUAL ASSAULT OR ANY CHILD WHO IS AT RISK OF ABUSE. IN SOME CENTRES FAMILY VIOLENCE SPECIALIST PRACTITIONERS ARE ALSO CO-LOCATED IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE RESPONSE FOR
VICTIMS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE.

THE MALLEE MDC ALSO HAS CO-LOCATED, A HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER, SPECIALIST FAMILY VIOLENCE SOLICITOR, FINANCIAL COUNSELLOR, RISK ASSESSMENT MANAGEMENT PANEL, FAMILY VIOLENCE SPECIALIST PRACTITIONERS AND A SPECIALIST FAMILY VIOLENCE CHILD PROTECTION PRACTITIONER.

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