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The Barwon Multidisciplinary Centre (MDC) is home to multiple agencies who work collaboratively to provide an integrated and holistic response to victims of sexual offences, family violence and child abuse. A $3 million refurbishment and expansion funded by the Victorian Government and Victoria Police has now been completed, almost tripling the MDC’s capacity to provide a vital service and support to victims of these crimes. This will be the first time Victoria Police has co-located Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation detectives and family violence specialists outside of Melbourne.
22 Victoria Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation detectives and 12 Victoria Police family violence specialists will be co-located from the centre. They will be joined by Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) child protection practitioners, Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) Minerva counsellor/advocates as well as specialists from Barwon Health.
New features include a remote witness facility so victims can provide evidence remotely to court and a forensic medical suite where adult victims of sexual assault can get access to a forensic examination on site.
Superintendent Craig Gillard spoke to us about how the refurbished facility will benefit the community.