Together Cardinia Shire Council and Family Life are combining their knowledge of the community and the issue to build community support for a collective response.
Cardinia Shire Council has been actively engaged in family violence prevention including undertaking White Ribbon Accreditation. Council has signed the Child Friendly Cities Charter and is committed to ensuring that children and young people have a strong voice and participation in this project.
Family Life brings a whole of community approach with staff experienced in the areas of family violence prevention, community development, community health and social work. Family Life is a recognised pioneer in developing whole-of-family response to family violence. Innovative practice, publications, presentations and awards for responding to family violence are documented on our website. Through the development of their SHINE Children’s services, Family Life have a deep understanding that children witnessing violence are vulnerable to behavioural and learning difficulties and mental illness. The impact of violence in compromising children’s development is increasingly expressed in children’s services and classrooms across the catchment.
While bringing extensive experience to the project, both Family Life and Cardinia Shire Council value and place high importance on the expertise within the community towards achieving sustained community change.
The University of Melbourne has been engaged to form a strategic industry research partnership with Family Life’s ROME (Research Outcome Measurement & Evaluation) Unit. The Department of Social Work at the university will provide support and guidance for the evaluation of the project, as well as expert research input from Professor Cathy Humphreys, a world-renowned researcher in the field of family violence.
R E Ross Trust is our first committed philanthropic partner.
We have the commitment and support of;
- Cardinia Shire Council,
- University of Melbourne,
- Tamarack Institute
- Victoria Police (Pakenham Uniform Southern Metro Region),
- Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.
- Jason Wood MP (Federal Member for La Trobe),
- Greg Hunt MP (Federal Member for Flinders) and
- Russell Broadbent MP (Federal Member for McMillan)
- White Ribbon
Letters of support have been received from;
- Castello Group,
- Cardinia Combined Churches,
- Doveton College,
- Star News