Protecting your children

EDVOS is committed to supporting the relationship between a mother and her child before, during and after family violence. In supporting this relationship, we consider:

  • What is the child’s experience of violence?
  • How do we as practitioners make sense of the child’s experience?
  • How do we support the child’s experience, and build safety for the child in a context of violence?
  • How do we support the relationship between mother and child, understanding the child’s need for safety, emotional support and relationship building?

As part of this support, EDVOS has developed a partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide flexible responses to both EDVOS and Child Protection clients. The Child Protection Flexible Response workers are co-located between EDVOS and DHHS Box Hill, covering the inner and outer east of Melbourne. Referral pathways are via intake to both Child Protection and EDVOS; clients who will be serviced include those who have direct Child Protection involvement. The objective of this partnership is to:

  • Provide a family violence lens to Child Protection clients
  • Ensure risk assessment and decision making enable clients to access resources relevant to their needs
  • Promote an understanding of the disruption of the mother-child bond as a result of family violence
  • Assess risk and carry out regular safety planning around women and children in a variety of settings.
EDVOS child safety brochure

If you have any concerns regarding Child Safety at EDVOS, please contact our Child Safety Officer by email: 

EDVOS is committed to being a child-safe, child focussed organisation.

For more information on EDVOS commitment to Child Safety CLICK HERE


EDVOS is the specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s Eastern Region.

We provide a broad range of integrated services to support women and children who are responding to family violence.

We prioritise the safety of women and children as a fundamental human right whilst working to ensure perpetrators are held accountable for using violence.


  • PO BOX 698 Ringwood VIC 3134
  • 03 9259 4200
  • EDVOS Operating Hours
    M-F:9am-8pm & Sat:9am-5pm
  • @edvosFV

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