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ACT Health has engaged ATODA to research, scope and design a pilot project to provide more effective responses for people who use alcohol and other drugs (AOD) in harmful ways and either experience domestic and family violence (DFV) or are at risk of using DFV. To see the project Terms of Reference visit

Two components of this work relate to establishing two Australian first tools for use by AOD services to improve capacity to respond to DFV:

  • The Domestic and Family Violence Capability Assessment Toolkit (DFVCAT): a fidelity instrument that measures AOD treatment and support programs capacity to respond to DFV

  • The Scope of Practice tool: that conceptualises roles and responsibilities of AOD services in regard to DFV

To read more about these tools download the

ACT AOD and DFV services participated in the first of a series of consultations to develop these tools on 19 July 2017. ATODA and 360Edge are again inviting these stakeholders to participate in a second forum to further refine these tools.

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Date: Wednesday 6 September 2017
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Location: ANU Commons Function Centre, 1 Rimmer Street, Canberra City
Facilitator/s: Professor Nicole Lee
Registration: By Friday 2 September via this eventbrite page
Invitees: The consultation is by invitation only for ACT AOD and DFV Services. AOD services are invited to RSVP for their Executive Officer and two other staff. Where possible, these registrants should be those that attended the 19 July consultation (to support a continuation and development of thinking). DFV services are invited to register a participant.


The forum will provide AOD and DFV service delivery agencies with an opportunity to review the first draft of the domains of the DFVCAT and Scope of Practice.

Documentation and copies of the draft tools will be provided in advance of the forum.

This will provide an opportunity for participants to:

  • provide feedback on changes to be made to the draft tools;

  • reflect on the feasibility of the tools for use in AOD practice in the ACT;

  • further refine thinking on priorities for AOD services to build capacity to respond to DFV.

For your information, an additional and separate clinical roundtable to input and review the tools is organised for the following day, Thursday 7 September 2017, which will involve invited ACT and interstate clinicians (with specific AOD and/or DFV expertise) – invitations will be sent separately.

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