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1992 Award winners

In 1992, the first year of the Award, the Selection Board received a total of 184 nominations. The Board shared the Award between three outstanding projects and ten other projects which it considered stood out from the bulk of the nominations. The main winners were:

  • The Julalikari Night Patrol (Tennant Creek, Northern Territory);
  • The Kids Help Line (Queensland); and
  • The West End Forum (Victoria).

Winning projects

The Julalikari Night Patrol (Tennant Creek, Northern Territory) received $40 000 for its community-based approach to breaking the cycle between excessive alcohol consumption and violence. Patrols operate between 4.00 pm and 4.00 am on most nights. Patrol vehicles, fitted with radio telephones, transport intoxicated people to the town's sobering-up centre. The key to the patrols' effectiveness is the way in which, the morning after an incident, a community meeting mediates the dispute and admonishes the perpetrator, if necessary, in a culturally appropriate way.

The Kids Help Line (Queensland), which received $20 000, is a Brisbane-based initiative providing a unique telephone counselling and assistance service on a 008 number for children from approximately 5 to 18 years, anywhere in Australia. The service addresses problems caused by violence by and against children in the short term through counselling and referral, and in the longer term through provision of information to service providers from its comprehensive data base.

The West End Forum (Victoria) received $20 000 for its success in reducing violence in the nightclub areas of the Melbourne West End, through a program of integrated community mobilisation and server intervention programs at the nightclubs.

Highly commended projects

The highly commended projects received $1 000 each and a certificate of commendation: They were as follows:

The Aboriginal Driver Training Program (Western Australia) was an imaginative and successful approach to the prevention of young Aboriginal involvement in police car chases by helping the young people acquire something they did not want to lose: a driving licence.

Eastlakes Community Network Committee (New South Wales) developed an effective, coordinated program, on limited resources, to deal with a variety of social problems involving young people.

In the Sherbrooke Action Group for Community Safety (Victoria) the community brought together and managed a wide range of initiatives, showing how fear of violence can be turned into positive action at local level.

The Doveton-Hallam-Endeavour Hills Family Violence Program for Perpetrators and Survivors of Abuse (Victoria) was commended for its sensitivity to the problems of families at risk and its use of a system to assist all members of the family unit in the prevention of family violence.

Project Turnaround (Western Australia), a joint WA Community Policing and Youth Insearch Foundation project, won an award for bringing together police, other authorities and young people at risk, in a constructive way.

The Campbelltown Cottage Community Care Project (New South Wales) developed strategies and programs to protect young children at risk of violence, abuse and neglect.

The Holistic Defence Program (South Australia) used a variety of strategies to develop skills to diffuse and cope with violence and potentially violent situations for the elderly, the disabled, young people and women.

The Arabic/English project Family and Society (Victoria) employed audio technology in a cross-cultural way, to raise the awareness of isolated minority groups about strategies for the prevention of domestic violence.

The South Hedland Sobering-Up Centre (Western Australia) was commended for its community-based approach to preventing drunkenness from leading to violence in public or at home, and clogging up the police and judicial systems.

In the concert project Metal for the Brain (Australian Capital Territory) ACT young people responded to a violent incident and contributed to the prevention of violence affecting young people by using drug and alcohol-free heavy metal music concerts to convey the message of the link between alcohol and violence.

Projects included in the Australian Violence Prevention Award Program between 1992 and 1995 are described in the report Violence prevention in practice : Australian award-winning programs.