In Australia one in three women have experienced physical violence in their relationships, every two minutes police are called out to an incidence of family violence and (Nationally), one woman a week is killed by her partner or former partner. In our local region these statistics are no less alarming within both the City of Whittlesea, where police attend an average of 59 family incidents each week (1), and in Nillumbik Shire where they attend incidents against a woman every day (2). In the 2016-17 year in the Whittlesea area alone there were 3,057 incidents reported to police or 1,452 per 100,000 of the population and in Nillumbik this number was 468 incidents or 742 per 100,000 of the population.
The Victorian State Government, in response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence has committed to deliver on all 227 of the recommendations and in their document Building From Strength – a 10 year plan for family violence prevention and response, they view the community and training sectors as key partners in this work. To achieve their vision they say we need to ‘ ..have a culture of collaboration, innovation and learning which extends across organisations and sectors’ (p1)
To this end this project will seek to develop and strengthen a collaborative framework for supporting women who are victim survivors of family violence back into the learning environments of the Learn Local and Neighbourhood House sectors.
It is anticipated that this project will offer the opportunity for greater cross sectoral understanding of the issues and resourcing that is required in our organisations whilst promoting our sectors as a key referral pathway back into training and possible employment.
- To develop and strengthen a collaborative framework to support women who are victim survivors of family violence into the learning environments of the Learn Local and Neighbourhood House sectors
- To build partnerships with other organisations supporting this cohort and thereby strengthen our capacity to meet ongoing learning needs of the target groups
- To raise the profile of the Learn Local/Neighbourhood House sector across the family violence support services sector and local governments in the region
- To showcase examples of innovative pre-accredited programs developed to support the cohort
- Project outcomes:
- Improved preparedness and responsiveness by Learn Local providers and the Neighbourhood House sector to women who are victim survivors of family violence.
- Operational example of learning pathways for victim survivors of family violence through consultation and research; partnering with local Councils, community and local family violence related agencies.
- Increased awareness of the role of the Learn Local and Neighbourhood House sectors by other family violence support services and local governments in the region.
- A short promotional video about the Learn Local/ Neighbourhood House sector demonstrating the work we carry out to support this cohort
- A series of training sessions for the Learn Local/Neighbourhood House sector – to include identifying family violence and providing professional support to your team
- Instructional chart on first response information for staff of Learn Local/Neighbourhood house organisations
- Women who are victim survivors of family violence
- Staff and Committee members of Living & Learning Nillumbik and Lalor Living & Learning Centre
- ACFE Board
- Project reference group organisations
- Members of the Learn Local/Neighbourhood House sectors
Stronger Together is a partnership project between Living & Learning Nillumbik and Lalor Living & Learning Centre. As such the management of the project will be shared across both organisations with Living & Learning Nillumbik acting as the lead organisation to oversee the project reporting and financial acquittal of funds back to the ACFE Board.
A project reference group will be established to support the aims and objectives of the project and to provide specific sector expertise, advice and guidance to the project worker. It is anticipated that the project reference group will meet on a quarterly basis however some flexibility may be required in relation to the progress of the project.
Proposed project reference group
Maggie Clarke – Coordinator – Living & Learning Nillumbik
Kevin Vivian – Manager – Lalor Living & Learning Centre
Lucy Holden – Manager – Watsonia Neighbourhood House
Jodie Leahy – Resource Officer Family Support and Participation – Nillumbik Shire Council
Elizabeth Carroll – Community Safety Planner – City of Whittlesea (to be confirmed)
Alex Haynes – CEO – Whittlesea Community Connections (to be confirmed)
– Women’s Health in the North (WHIN)
Project reference group will be responsible for:
- Providing advice and feedback on project goals, outcomes and methodologies
- Support the development of the project outputs as appropriate
- Providing local intelligence and facilitate advice on and connection with services relevant to the project target group
- Reviewing project scope, risks, tasks and timeline as required