Our Director of Family Violence and Justice Services, Kate Jeffries, has been championing prevention and early intervention in family and domestic violence; presenting at a Community Sector Roundtable on August 25th with guests including Federal Opposition Leader, the Host, Bill Shorten MP, Shadow Minister for Justice, Clare O'Neil MP and Federal Member for Brand, Madeleine King MP.
In front of representatives from the WA Police, Holyoake, Neighbourhood Watch, Community Lawyers, Curtin University and Positive Behaviours; Kate led discussions on family and domestic violence as well as its contributing factors and impacts including justice, alcohol and other drugs, mental health and homelessness.
In particular, Kate’s presentation focused on the areas of:
- Prevention Support for the Education Sector - including additional funding for the Respectful Relationships program to be implemented across primary and high schools throughout the state. Our Communicare Academy was highlighted as participating in the Breaking the Silence White Ribbon Australia schools program but struggled with insufficient funding to meet their Wellbeing initiatives for students in this area. This notion was echoed by Principals of local schools also in attendance.
- Interventions for Perpetrators of Family and Domestic Violence – citing international research that evidences that positive behaviour change provides the opportunity to not only support immediate victims and family members but also future families. The audience agreed a second residential behaviour change program facility like Communicare Breathing Space was much needed in Perth’s north metropolitan, many of whom petitioned for a government commitment with the Parliamentarians in attendance.
- System Responses to Managing Complex Issues – such as linking family and domestic violence perpetrators with alcohol and other drug, mental health and homelessness support services; developing a holistic and whole-of-community response to address the issue and its social impacts.