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1997 Award winners

Four national winners were selected:

National winners

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) (Queensland) - Overall national winner

Extensive international research demonstrates that parenting education is an effective crime prevention measure.

The Triple P Program aims to prevent serious behaviour or adjustment problems in children by teaching parents of pre-adolescent children alternatives to harsh, inconsistent and coercive discipline practices. Parents are taught strategies for building positive relationships with their children, using assertive discipline, supporting their partner and dealing with negative moods and solving problems.

The Triple P has been developed into a multi-level program with differing strengths of intervention depending on the needs of the family, and is currently being disseminated throughout Australia in order to reduce the prevalence of dysfunctional parenting practices known to be associated with poor developmental outcomes for children.

Award: $20 000 and a Certificate of Merit

The Family C.A.R.E. Project (Queensland)

The Family C.A.R.E. Project is a randomised controlled trial of supported home based nursing services being provided to identified vulnerable families. The group targets victims of domestic violence and past violence (child abuse) and potential victims of violence (newborns and their siblings).

The service consists of a series of home visits by a child health nurse over a two year period. The focus of the visits is to establish a therapeutic alliance with the infant's primary care giver, encouraging parental empowerment, anticipatory guidance and child health care and modelling and promotion of parent-infant attachment by positive reinforcement of successes.

Award $10 000 and a Certificate of Merit

Preventing Workplace Violence (Victoria)

This project, initiated by Job Watch, provides employees who experience violence at work with a mechanism for reporting and redress. It also assists potential victims and deters potential perpetrators by raising awareness through its community education campaigns, media coverage, pamphlets and newsletters, information seminars and, in particular, a workplace violence phone-in.

Job Watch has successfully pursued a number of unfair dismissal cases relating to apprentices and young workers involving assaults, verbal harassment and sexual assaults.

Award $10 000 and a Certificate of Merit

Feel Safe (Western Australia)

"Feel Safe" is a preventative, social skills training programme designed to enable adults and older adolescents with impaired cognitive abilities or poor receptive language to develop skills to help deal with situations that are unsafe or potentially abusive or dangerous.

Participants learn to recognise unsafe or abusive situations and to problem-solve solutions. Assertion and relaxation skills are taught so that the person can deal independently with unsafe or potentially violent situations.

Award $10 000 and a Certificate of Merit

Nineteen other projects received an award of $2000 and a Certificate of Merit

Wollongong Safe Community Action Team (New South Wales)

The project aims to develop and implement community crime prevention strategies. It encourages the development of anti-crime policies and strategies by Local Government and other appropriate authorities and develops and implements short and long term anti-crime initiatives at a community level.

Hope for the Children Foundation, Rotary Community Family Networks (New South Wales)

This project is essentially a home visitation programme, where trained volunteers visit families through times of stress, especially when mothers first come home with new babies, so as to reduce family stress and child abuse and promote healthy child development, improve family functioning and enriching the developmental climate for children and preventing child maltreatment.

Student Support Service (New South Wales)

Students at risk are teamed with a trained adult mentor/tutor who has a guiding influence in assisting teenagers who are facing difficulties in their lives. An integral part of the project is the involvement and support of volunteers from the local community.

Bullying in the Workplace (Queensland)

Promotes awareness of bullying in the workplace as an unethical, illegal and counter-productive form of psychological (and sometimes physical) violence. It provides organisational codes of conduct offering preventative and remedial strategies addressing bullying at its roots, through procedures for identification, reporting, costing, mediating and reskilling.

Yarrabah Family Life Promotion (Queensland)

The project has been developed in a culturally sensitive way. It aims to heal individuals, promote family life, support, encourage, develop, improve and empower the people of Yarrabah to help reduce suicides and attempted suicides in the community.

The Coalition for Crime Prevention (incorporating the Coalition for Gun Control) (Queensland)

This program encourages government and other sectors to adopt a pro-active preventative approach to curtail crime. It is achieved by developing and demonstrating the effectiveness of crime prevention programs; by influencing government policy; through community awareness and by building strong community networks.

Community Accountability Conference (CAC) Pilot Project (South Australia

A pilot project by the South Australian Police Department and Department for Education and Children's Services. It was introduced to bring to the behaviour management process within schools a new dimension of allowing, in appropriate circumstances, victims and offenders to participate in the process of accountability and reconciliation.

Media Violence: Education and Advocacy (South Australia)

The project involves ongoing collection and review of research evidence and community concerns relating to impact of media violence on the young (particularly under 8 years of age). It raises the awareness of decision makers and caregivers to the risks associated with media violence.

Spark - Helping Sole Parents Help Themselves (South Australia)

The program aims to promote and foster understanding and acceptance of sole parents and their children by the community in order that they may be free from economic, legal and social discrimination. It offers a comprehensive service to sole parent families which includes individual counselling, lobbying on behalf of sole parent families and development of specific programs to address issues of concern to those families.

National BIG hART Project (Tasmania)

The aim of this project is to duplicate the results of BIG hART violence prevention project on a national basis. The project creates new pathways for young people through strong mentoring relationships focused on self-actualisation through a rediscovery of skills, using the Arts.

S.C.A.C. (School & Community Accountability Conference) (Tasmania)

Conferencing process involves helping victims, offenders and community members deal with issues of juvenile justice, abuse and vandalism. In particular, victims of violent crimes have the opportunity to express feelings of anger, fear and resentment and seek guarantees against further recrimination and future safety.

Rural Access Program - Rural Workshops on Sexual Assault (Victoria)

The project aims to inform small rural communities who are disadvantaged by their remoteness, about issues relating to sexual assault and the resources available. This was implemented by presenting workshops and the production of a small booklet containing information about sexual assault issues and the resources available in the South Western Region.

Creating New Choices (Victoria)

The project has been designed to create safe school communities and is working with three schools in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. It utilises a whole school approach to preventing violence and conflict. Students are offered special educational programs to increase their knowledge and skills pertinent to violence and conflict resolution and access to critical information relevant to their welfare. In-service training has been undertaken by teachers and parents who have participated in a range of groupwork activities.

Jewish Taskforce Against Family Violence (Victoria)

The project is aimed at educating the Jewish community about the nature of family violence and to raise awareness of the potential and actual levels of violence across the full spectrum of families within the community and to reduce the incidence of that violence. It also aims to ensure that a range of culturally relevant and accessible services are available for victim/survivors, children, and perpetrators within the community.

Family and Domestic Violence Integrated Resource Plan (Western Australia)

Integrated Resource Plan - developed as a guide to the allocation of funding in respect to development of community projects and family and domestic violence and to ensure coordination between the various agencies.

School Volunteer Program Inc. (Western Australia)

An inter-generational initiative in which senior members of the community help children on a one-to-one basis in high schools. The children are non-achievers, who have the potential to become aggressive law breakers because of their frustration and inability to cope with the complexities of secondary education.

Streetsport (Western Australia)

An initiative of the WA Ministry of Sport and Recreation, Streetsport was introduced in nine country regions in WA to increase the number of Aboriginal youth involved in sport and recreation activities. Parents are involved where possible and community Elders provide the youth with a cultural background that is seen as vital to the young people in accepting who they are and developing self-esteem.

CLASP - Community Liaison and Advisory Safety Project (ACT)

Project aims to address key elements of safety and security for the elderly both in and around the home thereby reducing their vulnerability to violence. Comprehensive home reviews are conducted by uniformed officers of the Police, Ambulance and Fire Brigade.

Northern Territory Government Aboriginal Family Violence Strategy

A community based approach to family violence. Objective is to facilitate a culturally sensitive process to ensure Indigenous Territorians determine the most effective way to deal with family violence in their own community.

Twenty- one projects were awarded a Certificate of Merit

T.P.P.S. - Our Positive Playground (New South Wales)

School based program aimed at eliminating violence and aggressive behaviour in the playground.

Homophobia: What Are You Scared Of (New South Wales)

Campaign sought a 'whole of government' response to the issues of young people's involvement in violence against lesbians and gays with the primary aim of reducing the level of involvement of young people (15-24 years) in this violence. The campaign developed strategies and resources with a focus on providing and exploring alternatives to violent behaviour.

The 'Life. Be in it' School Playground Program (Queensland)

Program targeted at minimising the aggressive, anti-social behaviour in school playgrounds by positive and constructive play, team building skills, enhancing trust and self esteem through positive self image and having FUN.

Men Affected by Rape and Sexual Abuse (MARS) (Queensland)

Project offers self help to men who are addressing rape and child sexual abuse issues in a non-judgemental, safe and confidential environment.

Stop Date Rape Pamphlet (Queensland)

Pamphlet aimed at young men and women containing information about date rape, ways to reduce the risk and where to go for assistance in relation to date rape.

Alternatives to Violence Project Qld Inc. (AVP) (Queensland)

Workshops focusing on conflict resolution skills for inmates of Queensland correctional centres.

Toowoomba Community Access Centre Inc. (Queensland)

Access Centre provides an impartial place for parents to drop off and pick up their child/children at access changeover, eliminating the need for contact between parents.

The Domestic Violence Unit (Queensland)

Domestic Violence Unit is a major contact and referral service for clients and service providers throughout Queensland. Provides specialist legal advice and representation to survivors and advice and information to perpetrators of violence.

The P.E.A.C.E. Pack (South Australia)

The project raises the awareness of effects of bullying on students and provides resources for teachers, parents and students.

Family Violence Program (Victoria)

Focuses specifically on abusive men enabling them to develop insights, skills and strategies to cease their abusive behaviour.

Peer Mediation (Victoria)

School students in years 9-11 are trained to assist other students, who are experiencing conflict, to resolve their disputes.

The Art of Survival (Victoria)

An exhibition of art and performance by survivors of domestic violence in rural Victoria. The aim of the exhibition was to support and empower survivors of domestic violence from the Grampians region and to urge the local community to take responsibility for preventing domestic violence.

Return to Sender - a dress unknown (Victoria)

A travelling postcard exhibition which evolved from community response to a billboard addressing the need to end sexual assault within the community and the home. The project aims to prevent sexual assault by creating a body of work that reflects the universal need to work toward stopping sexual assault.

Peer Mediation Program (Western Australia)

Voluntary student playground mediators assist conflicting students negotiate non-violent settlements to their disputes.

Geraldton Aboriginal Yamatji Patrol (Western Australia)

The Yamatji patrol provides a community based approach to target anti-social behaviour throughout the community.

Special Constable Scheme - Oombulgurri (Western Australia)

Project aimed at dealing with law and order by providing Special Constables from within the Oombulgurri community to enforce by-laws.

The Governor Stirling Intervention Program (Western Australia)

Program aims to assist and support schools to manage students at risk of not completing compulsory education due to truancy, behavioural or learning problems.

1996/97 New Year's Eve Operation - Dunsborough (Western Australia)

Detailed planning operation by Dunsborough police and community to eradicate unruly and violent behaviour in their town during peak holiday periods, particularly New Year's Eve, when the town's population doubles.

Mount Neighbour Primary School Peace Keeper Programme (ACT)

Students in grades 5 and 6 undertake a voluntary training program with the aim of demonstrating a model of problem solving without violence in the playground.

YWCA Week Without Violence (ACT)

Project aims to inspire and empower individuals and communities to find alternatives to violence in their daily lives by challenging them to live without violence for seven days.

Northern Territory Government Domestic Violence Strategy - Community Education Project and the Northern Territory Government Domestic Violence Data Collection Project

These two programs interact with each other in that The Domestic Violence Strategy aims to reduce the incidence of domestic violence, prevent the recurrence of domestic violence and work toward the elimination of violence against women. The Domestic Violence Data Collection project's objective is to obtain a more accurate picture of the incidence and trends in domestic violence across the Northern Territory.