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29 November 2018

Together We Can project recognised for reducing family violence

Family violence reduction project Together We Can today received a gold award in the community-led category of the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPA recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Together We Can is a Collective Impact project led by Family Life with key partners Cardinia Shire, Victoria Police, The University of Melbourne and the Cardinia community. It focuses on giving children and people who have experienced family violence a voice and looks at its root causes to facilitate change.

Backbone Leader, Family Life Deputy CEO Allison Wainwright said: “The program brings everyone together to focus on building healthy and respectful relationships, intervening safely when violence against women or families occurs and protecting the right of all residents to feel safe where they work, live, learn and play.”

Family Life CEO, Jo Cavanagh OAM said: “Family Life worked with partners to customise an international model for the Australian context.”

“We greatly appreciate the trust we were given as the backbone organisation of this program, keeping everyone aligned to the shared agenda to ‘stop, end and prevent family violence.”

“We congratulate all community members who have contributed and we encourage others to feel inspired that change is possible when we work together.”

These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Michael Phelan APM said: “Together We Can is the first of its kind in Australia, and has shown promising outcomes with a 16 per cent reduction in reported incidents of family violence since the program began.

“These innovative approaches, programs and partnerships in the community are providing great public and social value now and for the future,” he said.

All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and chaired by the AIC Director.

Victoria Police Superintendent David Cowan said: “The ACVPA provides an opportunity to showcase the different ways in which the community and Victoria Police is working to prevent crime and violence.”

“These projects are making a difference—in this case, there has been a significant reduction in reported incidents of family violence.

“So it is important that we continue to support the ACVPA and demonstrate how partnerships can work towards further protecting the community,” he said.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management.

Learn more about this gold winning project in our video

For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa


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29 November 2018