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Australian Violence Prevention Awards

Media Release

02 November 2000

Media release from Senator, the Hon Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Justice and Customs

The national winners of the 9th annual Australian Violence Prevention Awards were announced in Canberra today by the Minister for Justice and Customs, Amanda Vanstone.

"Each year these Awards demonstrate the creative approaches adopted by the community to prevent violence. These projects deserve recognition for the excellent contribution they make to the prevention and reduction of violence in Australia," Senator Vanstone said.

Two projects focusing on children and young people won National Awards - each receiving $10000: The Hand Brake Turn project which trains young unemployed and juvenile offenders to restore damaged cars in Victoria; and The Parent Aide Unit which trains and supervises aides to visit families where there are child protection issues in Queensland.

And for the first time, three Special Category Awards of $10000 were also presented:

  • An award focusing on domestic violence in regional communities, sponsored by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, was presented to the Ngadrii Ngalli Way Family Support Project, NSW.
  • An Initiative to Combat the Health Impact of Domestic Violence Against Women, Queensland won an award sponsored by Senator Jocelyn Newman, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women, and "Partnerships Against Domestic Violence."
  • An outstanding youth project award, sponsored by Dr David Kemp, Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, was awarded to On-TRACK, WA.

"The rationale for focusing on violence prevention programs is simple. It makes much more sense to prevent people becoming the victims of violence than to try to deal with the consequences of violence,"Senator Vanstone said.

The Australian Violence Prevention Awards are a joint Commonwealth, State and Territory effort designed to reward projects which prevent or reduce violence and victimisation. The Awards also play an important role in assisting governments to identify and develop effective and cost efficient initiatives to reduce and prevent violence.

A further 35 projects will share $73000 and 22 projects will receive certificates of merit.

The Australian Institute of Criminology, which runs the Awards, has also contributed to crime prevention through its Homicide and Firearms Monitoring Programs; research on victims of crime; the prevention of fraud; and crime mapping and modelling.

The Institute is also home to the Criminology Research Council and the National Committee on Violence which were established to contribute to our understanding of crime.

Australian Violence Prevention Awards 2000 background

National award-winners

  • The Hand Brake Turn project from Victoria won a National Award for its unique automotive training program for unemployed youth and juvenile offenders, which has resulted in more than 70 per cent of graduates finding employment.

    The young people receive hands-on training and work together to restore damaged vehicles, which they then present to victims of crime.

  • Queensland's Parent Aide Unit was also recognised with a National Award for its integral role in protecting children from non-accidental injury, particularly in their early years.

    The Unit selects, trains and professionally supervises about 40 volunteer parent aides who visit and support families where child protection issues have become evident.

Special category award-winners

  • An award focusing on domestic violence in regional communities, sponsored by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, was given to the NSW Ngadrii Ngalli Way Family Support Project.

    The project aims to empower Aboriginal communities to develop positive and non-violent family environments for the growth and development of children.

  • The Initiative to Combat the Health Impact of Domestic Violence Against Women in Queensland won an award sponsored by Senator Jocelyn Newman, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women, and "Partnerships Against Domestic Violence".

    The Initiative is a Statewide system to screen for domestic violence in antenatal clinics, emergency departments and other points of entry into the health care system.

  • An outstanding youth project award, sponsored by Dr David Kemp, Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, was awarded to On-TRACK from WA.

    The project provides alternative care for young people in police custody due to welfare issues, who require a safe environment until a responsible care-giver is located.