2018 ACT Violence Prevention Awards
Ceremony was hosted by Ms Yvette Berry MLA, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence on Monday 10 December 2018.
The ACT Violence Prevention Awards recognise projects, organisations and individuals who are making significant contributions to the prevention of violence against women and children in the ACT.
Congratulations to the 2018 Winners and Runners up.
The ACT Community Sector / not for profit Award
This award acknowledges innovative partnerships within the community sector in the ACT whose initiatives have brought the community together to work towards preventing violence against women and children.
EveryMan – The Partner Contact Program – Winner
The Partner Contact Program works across the EveryMan Australia Organisation to support partners, ex or current and any other family members who have been impacted by living with domestic violence with the focus on safety and children.
They work collaboratively with other agencies to allow for seamless referral pathways for participants. They also actively engage with Sector Forums and community events.
Menslink – Winner
Menslink work with young men and their families across the ACT region, acknowledging that young boys are often overwhelmed by anger and anxiety, and support them to navigate tough times, with minimal harm to themselves and others. They deliver their message and programs through different modalities such as ongoing media campaigns, working alongside the Canberra Raiders to gain maximum exposure to the community, delivering programs and presentations to workplaces and high schools across the ACT.
The Health Award
This award acknowledges the important role that the health sector can play in the prevention of violence against women and children.
Professor Vanitha Parekh – Winner
Professor Parekh has taken a key role in raising awareness in the ACT in relation to non-fatal strangulation. This included Strangulation Prevention and Intervention Program training sessions. Professor Parekh was integral to organising securing the international experts to present and ensuring that attendees were present from the range of professions that most needed education in this content. She has also been a major contributor to the working group that has been convened to progress the implementation of key actions identified as a result of the training, including the development of training resources.
The Education Award
This award recognises the important role of education in preventing domestic and family violence.
Lyneham High School – Dare Program – Winner
The DARE program (Developing Adolescent Resilience and Enterprise) at Lyneham High School is devised for boys to harness the strengths of teamwork and leadership through fitness, sport and positive role modelling. The program runs through a Health and PE class for year 9 and 10 boys.
Students are involved in extensive fitness work as both individuals and as a part of a team. The boys are provided with opportunities to show leadership within the group as well as within a greater school community and are held to a high standard of behaviour across the program. There are four teachers who take these classes and together, in consultation with the boys, they provide a variety of school activities while sill delivering the Australian Curriculum for these subject areas.
Amaroo School – LEADAS as White Ribbon Initiatives – Runner Up
Amaroo School has dedicated itself to modernising the way in which they educate young male adolescents in developing positive behaviour and attitudes towards women. In late 2016, they realised that this was a crucial issue for
their school community.
From this, the LEADAS program was developed to address a growing issue regarding the culture, self-efficacy and engagement of a large group of male students in years 9 and 10 at Amaroo School. Contemporary education theory and student co-design form the foundations of the program. LEADAS has improved outcomes in respect to academic achievement, wellbeing and engagement. The LEADAS program has significantly impacted the lives of the participants, providing a sense of connection, purpose, and individualisation to each student’s learning.
The Media Award
This award acknowledges the significant role of the media and communicating with the community to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and children in the ACT.
ABC News – Elizabeth Byrne and Susan McDonald – Winner
Elizabeth and Susan are ABC Canberra journalists who, through their reporting across digital, television and radio, have teamed up on several domestic and family violence stories relating to events and policies in the ACT. They completed an investigation in February into the murder of Tara Costigan at the hands of her former partner. The resulting story looked at all facets of the tragedy and highlighted the devastating impact of coercive and controlling behaviour and how it can turn deadly.
Domestic Violence Crisis Service Social Media Champions – Runner Up
Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) Social Media Champions is a program operated by the DVCS, engaging a team of 13 individuals from around the ACT who volunteer their time to help share DVCS posts via social media. Both women and men from a variety of backgrounds and
age groups who have experienced family or domestic violence help to distribute the messages about the support DVCS can offer. The group supports DVCS’s use of social media across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by sharing, liking and commenting on DVCS posts. Additionally some of the Champions have shared a photo of themselves and short post about why being a DVCS Social Media Champion is important to them.
Workplace / Private Sector Award
This Award recognises and acknowledges the contribution and participation of Canberra’s private sector in preventing violence against women and children.
Veterinary Support for DVCS clients – Dr Jane Parker – Winner
Dr Parker provides veterinary support free of charge, to people who have been impacted by domestic, family or intimate partner violence. The clinic operates out the RSPCA premises in Weston and clients are only charged the cost of the vaccination or other medication as required for around $15 - $25 per animal. The clinic is advertised via the DFV Community Organisation Newsletter. During the financial year 2017/18 Jane has supported 9 dogs and 5 cats, saving clients approximately $1,600.
Dr Parker is a private vet but uses her day off once every six to eight weeks to provide this clinic.
The UnionsACT Womens’ Committee - Winner
The UnionsACT Womens’ Committee is a collective of union women, representing female workers from workplaces across the ACT and providing a diverse set of experiences across diverse fields of work. ‘The We Won’t Wait Campaign’ Is calling for 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave in enterprise agreements for workers.