Annual Silent Memorial March
The Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services stages a Silent Memorial March every year to remember those killed as a result of family and domestic violence. The March provides an important awareness raising opportunity for the public and service providers to reflect on the seriousness and prevalence of family and domestic violence in our community.
The March is held in November to coincide with White Ribbon Day, the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.
Due to the success of the March in the Perth metropolitan area, similar events have been staged in other areas including Derby, Broome, Kununurra, Hedland, Goldfields, Mandurah, Bunbury and Albany.
Go to the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services' Silent March webpage for more information.
Youth Say No
The Department’s Youth Say No campaign aims to educate 12–24 year olds about the different forms of family and domestic violence, and raise awareness that family and domestic violence is a serious crime that should not be tolerated. Initially launched in 2001 and rebranded in 2012, a redevelopment of the resources was actioned as part of the 20-point Freedom from Fear Action Plan that was launched earlier this year.
Developed in consultation with young people, the updated materials educate young people about the importance of healthy, respectful relationships and promote the wide range of resources and services available for those experiencing violence in the home, or those supporting victims and survivors. Also included is a new section for teachers to access learning materials, to embed respectful relationships education in classrooms.
Stop it at the Start National Campaign
The national Stop it at the Start campaign was launched on 24 April 2016. The campaign is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments, and is aimed at parents and family members of children aged 10-17 years old, as well as teachers, coaches, community leaders and employers of young people. Campaign activities run until 2018, and will build on efforts already underway by states and territories, as well as non-government organisations like Our Watch and the White Ribbon Foundation.
A range of resources, tools and other products have been developed as part of the campaign, with all products available for viewing and download from respect.gov.au. These can be used by parents, family members and other influencers to reflect on their own attitudes and behaviours, and to start a conversation about respect with young people.
Family and Domestic Violence Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework
A second edition of the Western Australian Family and Domestic Violence Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework (CRARMF) has been produced. The CRARMF has been developed for use by all government and community sector service providers to support a consistent approach to identifying and providing effective and timely responses to victims of family and domestic violence, and holding perpetrators accountable for their behaviour. The new edition extends the original framework and includes additional standards for information sharing, managing the risks posed by perpetrators, and guidance on facilitating effective referral pathways.
The CRARMF second edition was launched at the 25th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March on 27 November 2015. For more information click here.
Safer Families, Safer Communities: Kimberley Family Violence Regional Plan 2015-2020
Following extensive consultation and information analysis, an across government and community sector plan for responding to family violence in the Kimberley region has been developed. The Safer Families, Safer Communities: Kimberley Family Violence Regional Plan 2015-2020 (Kimberley Plan) focuses on Aboriginal families and communities as a priority and outlines a whole of community response. This includes improved access to and effectiveness of existing service responses, including civil and criminal justice processes, and working alongside Aboriginal people, families and communities to develop and/or strengthen local responses to family violence. The Kimberley Plan is informed by the report Family Violence in the Kimberley which documents the outcomes of data analysis, stakeholder consultation and case reviews.
Practice Standards for Perpetrator Intervention: Engaging and Responding to Men who are Perpetrators of Family and Domestic Violene
Minimum Standards of Practice (Minimum Standards) have been developed to support agencies and organisations to respond to men who use violence in a way which holds them accountable and provides them with the opportunity to take responsibility for their behaviour. The Minimum Standards establish key good practice components of program governance, design, delivery, review and evaluation for men's behaviour change programs. The Minimum Standards resource was launched on 1 December 2015 (during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence). For more information click here.
Media Guidelines for Reporting Family and Domestic Violence
Guidelines have been developed to promote responsible and accurate reporting, and to assist journalists to report on family and domestic violence in a proactive and respectful manner. Reporting Family and Domestic Violence - Resource for Journalists has been produced to encourage media representatives to consider the potential impact of their work on a victim, particularly the additional trauma that can be suffered as a result of inaccurate or irresponsible reporting.
Following a comprehensive review of Western Australia's refuge services, a number of new initiatives have been developed to meet the needs of victims of family and domestic violence. These include a new refuge in the South West region of Western Australia with provision for larger families and older boys, a new family refuge in one of Perth's northeastern suburbs, and adaptation - doubling the capacity - of an existing refuge in the southeastern metropolitan area.
Workplace Family and Domestic Violence Policy
The Department for Child Protection and Family Support (the Department) has developed policy, guidance and resources relating to employees who are victims or perpetrators of family and domestic violence. The Department was formally recognised as a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace by the White Ribbon Foundation of Australia on 16 November 2015.