Family Life wins 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award

By admin November 28, 2018

Family Life Gets Gold for Meaningful Community Change

Family violence reduction project, Together We Can, today received a gold award in the community-led category of the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Together We Can is a Collective Impact project led by Family Life, with Cardinia Shire Council, Victoria Police and The University of Melbourne to address high levels of family violence within the municipality.

Family Life CEO, Jo Cavanagh, said:

“We are extremely proud to receive this award in recognition of Together We Can, however, the biggest winners are the community of Cardinia.  

“Statistics for the area reveal a significant drop in reported incidents of family violence over the life of the project, peaking at a reduction of 23.7 percent between April 2017 and March 2018.

“This initiative provides a tangible example of how, by working together and applying a proven process towards a common goal, we can fundamentally change the lives of vulnerable people in the community.”

These annual awards recognise 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.

All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each each state and territory police service, and chaired by the AIC Director.

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Michael Phelan APM said:

Together We Can is the first of its kind in Australia and has shown promising outcomes with a reduction in reported incidents of family violence since the program began.

“These innovative approaches, programs and partnerships in the community are providing great public and social value now and for the future.”

Family Life offer customised training, mentoring and support packages for affecting community change. For more information about these programs contact Family Life on 8599 5433 or click on this link

Media Contact: For more information please contact Lea Jaensch on 0431 394 379 / ljaensch@familylife.com.au

Visit Family Life’s YouTube channel to hear more about Together We Can

To read more about the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Together We Can award media release visit their Media centre

Thank you to Mr Tim Wilson MP (Goldstein) for your acknowledgement in Federal Parliament on 29/11/2018 – below is the link to his full statement


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