Practice Leader Perpetrator Responses Primary Care Connect


  • Employment Type: Full Time Ongoing
  • Hours: 75 hours per fortnight
  • Area: Greater Shepparton Region

Primary Care Connect is a local community health centre operating under the social model of health. We are a not-for-profit organisation that has continued to offer local, quality services focusing on a range of health and wellbeing matters for the past 30 years. We work to achieve this by providing inclusive community health care services of the highest quality. We work collaboratively with individuals and other stakeholders to identify, discuss, and resolve the complex issues affecting our community’s health and wellbeing

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Use your experience and knowledge for Family Violence in this Practice Leader Perpetrator Responses position with Primary Care Connect at The Orange Door!

About The Orange Door

The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and to delivering on the vision described in Roadmap for Reform: Strong families, Safe children. 

A key recommendation of the Royal Commission and the Roadmap for Reform was to establish a network of Support and Safety Hubs (‘Hubs’) across Victoria to provide a new way for women, children and young people experiencing family violence, and families who need assistance with the care and wellbeing of children to access the services they need to be safe and supported. These Hubs are known as The Orange Door. The Orange Door is also intended to hold perpetrators to account by planning interventions to address the risk they pose and challenging their controlling, violent and abusive behaviour. 

The Orange Door keeps the whole family in view and provides a more visible contact point to access family violence services, family services and perpetrators/men’s services, with expert support tailored to each family member’s needs. 

Given the phased approach to implementing The Orange Doors and the evolving nature of the design process, certain elements of the service model may change over time. The role and operations of The Orange Door will not be static or fixed at one point in time. Just as the practice of the Orange Door will be informed by emerging needs and evidence, and firmly embedded with the principle of continuous improvement, the design and implementation of The Orange Door will continue to develop and be informed by community needs, co-design, evaluation, and practice learnings. Future development of the service model will continue to be set at the state-wide level, informed by local practice and experience.

About the Role

The Practice Leader Perpetrator Responses is a practice leadership position in each Support and Safety Hub (The Orange Door). The safety of victims of family violence is a paramount concern for The Orange Door which aims to improve victim safety by holding perpetrators of family violence to account for their actions. The Orange Door works to keep perpetrators accountable by supporting them to take personal responsibility and to choose to end their violent behaviours and attitudes. It also has an important role in understanding and monitoring perpetrator risk to inform safety planning for victims and families. The Orange Door recognises that while not all perpetrators of family violence are men, the majority of family violence is gendered and perpetrated by men against women.

Auspiced by a Primary Care Connect (PCC) within The Orange Door network, the Advanced Family Violence Practice Leader (Men’s) will work in close partnership with the Hub Manager, other practice leaders and team leaders to lead family violence practice in The Orange Door and support secondary consultations with internal and external service providers.

The Practice Leader  Perpetrator Responses is responsible for providing practice leadership on risk assessment, risk management and planning for family violence and providing expert advice to The Orange Door workforce in relation to complex family violence cases and perpetrator interventions.

The Practice Leader Perpetrator Responses  will proactively build specialist evidence-based family violence knowledge and capability across the Orange Door workforce in line with the Orange Door Service Model and Integrated Practice Framework.

The Practice Lead Perpetrator Responses will work as part of a team working collaboratively to improve capability, integrated practice and provide specialist knowledge. This role is based at The Orange Door Shepparton. 

Key Selection Criteria



  • Professional clinical experience and relevant qualification(s) in social work, psychology or a related discipline is essential.
  • Additional qualifications in Family Violence Perpetrator Responses is also essential.

Specialist Expertise

  • Demonstrated experiment in working with perpetrators of family violence in a community and/or justice system setting.
  • A strong knowledge and understanding of the drivers/causes of family violence and child and family vulnerability, as well as the child and family services and/or broader social services sector and their fundamental practices and theories is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading family violence practice within complex service delivery contexts, particularly multi-disciplinary and multi-agency approaches to the provision of services to vulnerable children, families and diverse communities is required.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Works collaboratively to drive cultural change: has a clear concept of the culture required to achieve integrated practice, and deliver effective, culturally safe and responsive services; designs and delivers innovative practices that enhance integrated practice and promotes quality practice standards; understands how to build and establish effective practice cultures, identifies change required, describes reasons for it and engages people who can deliver the change.
  • Expert knowledge and experience working in specialist family violence social services leadership roles: has established expertise and capability to lead and embed specialist family violence practice and perpetrator interventions across a multidisciplinary team; has demonstrated experience in applying risk assessment and risk management frameworks in a family violence context; has in-depth knowledge of the gendered nature of family violence, the drivers and causes of family violence and feminist, intersectionality and human rights frameworks pertaining to adults and children; knowledge and understanding of child development, attachment and trauma theories; has deep understanding of the role of the law and legal system in the context of responding to family violence and vulnerable children and families; has knowledge of practice working with women, children, families, victims and perpetrators of family violence; has experience working with Victoria’s diverse communities.
  • Stakeholder partnerships: identifies issues in common for one or more stakeholders and uses to build mutually beneficial partnerships; identifies and responds to stakeholder’s underlying needs; uses understanding of the stakeholder’s organisational context to ensure outcomes are achieved; find innovative solutions to resolve stakeholder issues.
  • Systems thinking: diagnoses trends, obstacles and opportunities in the internal and external environment; understands the linkages between natural systems and communities to inform policy; conceptualises and defines the systems working within the organisation.
  • Self-management: invites feedback on own behaviour and impact; uses new knowledge or information about self to build a broader understanding of own behaviour and the impact it has on others; understands strong emotional reactions and seeks ways to more effectively manage them.
  • Experience using technology to complete daily work tasks.

Personal Qualities

  • Relationship building: establishes and maintains relationships with people at all levels; promotes harmony and consensus through diplomatic handling of disagreements; forges useful partnerships with people across business areas, functions and organisations; builds trust through consistent actions, values and communication; minimises surprises.
  • Initiative and accountability: proactive and self-starting; seizes opportunities and acts upon them; takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Drive and commitment: enthusiastic and committed; demonstrates capacity for sustained effort and hard work; sets high standards of performance for self and others; enjoys a vigorous and dynamic work environment.
  • Teamwork: cooperates and works well with others in pursuit of team goals, collaborates and shares information, shows consideration, concern and respect for others feelings and ideas, accommodates and works well with the different working styles of others, encourages resolution of conflict within the group.
  • Professional and personal alignment with Primary Care Connect core values.

Benefits and Perks

Primary Care Connect provides a supportive workplace with staff who are committed and passionate about the community that we work in. Some of the many benefits of working with PCC include:

  • Professional Development
  • Salary Packaging
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • In house gym

All candidates who are interested in the position must include in their application the following; 

  • Cover letter including address to Key Selection Criteria
  • Resume with at least two professional references, or willingness to provide on request

Further information can be found by:

  1. Visiting our careers page: OR
  2. Contacting Chris McInnes – Executive Manager Family Violence (03)5823 3200