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29 November 2018

Connected Women recognised for empowering and educating to reduce violence

Connected Women today received a silver award in the police-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.

Queensland Police Service Inspector Janelle Andrews said Connected Women is a unique, vibrant, women-led nine week program.

“Our program is delivered in partnership with the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia and is aimed at newly arrived young refugee Muslim women,” said Inspector Janelle Andrews.

Senior female police officers work with the women to empower and educate them about violence and reporting, accessibility, safety and the human rights of participants.

“We want to build their knowledge of police, trust and confidence in police and their willingness for future engagement with police.”

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 Connected Women has a sustainable, scalable crime prevention framework.

“The project increases trust and confidence in police, and has increased reporting of domestic and family violence and racial vilification,” Mr Phelan 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.

Commissioner Ian Stewart of the Queensland Police Service said the ACVPA are fundamental in acknowledging and celebrating the success of early intervention and prevention programs such as Connected Women.

This award recognises the innovative and effective approach and collaborative work being undertaken to ensure an evidence-based approach, backed by evaluation and research, while working together with our community,” said Commissioner Stewart.

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.

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


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Last updated
29 November 2018