Launch of Domestic Violence Crisis Service Facebook page

The Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT (DVCS) has announced the launch of their new Facebook page in conjunction with White Ribbon Day on Tuesday 25 November 2014.  The Domestic Violence Crisis Service Facebook page will be live on Monday evening and can be found at:

“Domestic Violence in our community is very real.  It is something the majority of people consider a private issue.  However, it is not.  It is an issue our community needs to take responsibility for and do something about” says Executive Director, Mirjana Wilson.  “So far this year 57 women have lost their lives to domestic violence within Australia.  At the commencement of this year the average was 52, or one per week.  This is too many.”

“It is important for people to remember domestic violence does not discriminate and there is no “typical” person effected by domestic violence.  We provide assistance to anyone within the ACT regardless of age, gender, race, culture, gender orientation or religion.

We are excited to launch our Facebook page and thought it appropriate to coincide the launch with White Ribbon Day next Tuesday.  Our Facebook page is another platform to provide general information about our services and other services in and around the ACT.  We are also keen to engage with the younger generation and are hoping this will be a medium suited to that engagement.  We do not intend for it to replace face to face or telephone crisis work, simply another method of getting us out into our community.”  Mirjana says.  “Our crisis workers are excellent at their job and take great pride in knowing they are contributing to the community around them.  Our crisis workers provide crisis support, in often difficult situations.”

In addition to crisis support, DVCS are able to assist with emergency accommodation due to domestic violence, assist with the applying of a Domestic Violence Order, ongoing Court case tracking (when criminal charges have been made against the person using violence), support groups and ongoing referrals.

“We are particularly interested in increasing our support groups and hope our Facebook page might be an alternate way for people to obtain information as to what support groups are available.  Most importantly, we want people to understand that domestic violence is a very real issue that we must take action against.  We encourage people to contact us via our crisis line on 6280 0900 to seek support and advice.  Often taking the first step is the hardest, and we appreciate that.”

Mother of murdered daughter supports White Ribbon Day

Sharon Bell, the mother of murdered Canberra woman Paula Conlon has joined ACT Policing to support the Men in Uniform Stalls (Saturday November 22) urging the community to ‘Stand up, speak out, and break the cycle of family violence’. Paula Conlon was murdered in March 2012 by her partner.

Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers — a White Ribbon Ambassador — said that “supporting the efforts of the White Ribbon Foundation through the Men in Uniform partnership is an important community engagement, delivering a clear message that police will not tolerate family violence, and nor should the community.”

Seminar – Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

On 25th November the Domestic Violence Prevention Council hosted a seminar called Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence.   It was held on White Ribbon Day when events are held across Australia to raise awareness of and educate about men’s violence against women, and to raise funds for the prevention work that White Ribbon does. They do great work in continuing to focus attention on men’s violence against women, and DVPC invited people to show their support for White Ribbon Day by attending the seminar.

The seminar was aimed at raising awareness of the many issues that shape, support and constrain people working with men who have been using violence with women, or who are at risk of using violence.  Each panellist’s experience and perspective provided information and insight about the different contexts in which perpetrators find themselves, and explored the impact of those contexts on prospects for safety and healing for women and families, long term behaviour change for the men, and for better and quality of life outcomes – for the survivors of violence, and for the perpetrators.

Latest DVPC Consultations

The Domestic Violence Prevention Council recently undertook two consultations to inform our work, which closed on 31 January 2015. A wide range of organisations and individuals in the ACT contributed to them.

The Council sought views and ideas to inform it’s contribution about the content for the ACT’s 2nd Implementation Plan. The ACT is currently developing its 2nd Implementation Plan to support the ACT Prevention of Violence Against Women Strategy 2011-17. One of the Council’s strategic priorities is that ‘women experiencing violence receive consistent, effective responses from the criminal justice system, and that the system holds perpetrators to account’. Over time the ACT’s criminal justice system has been adapted to improve the response to family and domestic violence – in particular to treat it as a crime; hold the perpetrator accountable; protect the victim; and coordinate the criminal justice system’s response to the problem.  The Domestic Violence Prevention Council sought views and ideas on what more could be done in terms of the Criminal justice system and how it operates beyond what has been done so far?

Culture of hostility to women leads to domestic violence, say police chiefs

In this article Australia’s police commissioners have identified “vulgar and violent attitudes towards women” as a key cultural cause of unacceptably high rates of family violence and say it will not stop until men’s attitudes change. They have urged victims to report assaults to police. The article includes a comment by Australian Capital Territory chief police officer, Rudi Lammers.

Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022

On Friday 27 June, 2014, the Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 was launched. More information about the Second Action Plan is available on the Department of Social Services website, and also available are shorter fact sheets to explain different aspects of the Plan.