Ready Steady Together Partnership today received a bronze award in the community-led category of the 2019 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 and play a vital role in highlighting effective community-based initiatives to prevent crime and violence.
The Ready Steady Together Partnership is a primary prevention program to address family violence in the Wyndham City area of Melbourne by improving access to information and support for expecting and new parents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Wyndham City’s Director City Life, Allison Kenwood, said the project is unique in that it has adopted a peer support model by engaging and training bi-cultural facilitators to lead the program.
“Winning this award demonstrates the importance of our program in reducing family violence and the success of the Ready Steady Together Partnership in being able to design a culturally inclusive model that has impact well after the project end date,” said Ms Kenwood.
“It is also recognition of the hard work of all the partners in developing and implementing the program.”
The annual ACVPA 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.
“The Ready Steady Together Partnership is a great example of community members working together to help others. It contributes to the evidence base on crime prevention and is a worthwhile program to increase the knowledge and understanding of family violence for culturally diverse community members,” said Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Michael Phelan APM.
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.
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