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1999 Award winners

Announced by the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone on Tuesday, 21 October 1999.

National winners

Each of the National Winners received a $10000 award.

Forensic Psychiatric Support Program (Victoria)

Research indicates that violence is more likely to occur amongst people whose illness is characterised by paranoid delusions, or where there is co-occuring substance misuse. Within this group the risks of violence, and/or fear inducing behaviour, are likely to be exacerbated where the person is disenfranchised from the community generally by other factors such as homelessness, lack of social supports, and an inability/reluctance to engage in treatment.

This project, run by The Victorian Offender Support Agency Inc (VOSA) was the first of its kind in Australia. While there are other outreach support programs for high risk people with a mental illness, this is still the only program in Victoria and possibly Australia that is specifically targeted at the most unstable mentally ill offenders.

The outreach program assists clients by:

  • meeting with them prior to release from prison/hospital to assess their support needs and develop a support relationship;
  • arranging accommodation and linkage to other support and treatment services;
  • monitoring their mental state and social circumstances; and
  • responding to crisis calls by families, accommodation providers, general health and welfare services for assistance and consultation when the client becomes mentally unstable (workers are contactable 24 hours by pager).

The People 1st Program (Western Australia)

People with an intellectual disability are disproportionately subjected to discrimination, prejudice and violence. The NSW Council for Intellectual Disability recently suggested that 8 in 10 people with an intellectual disability have been sexually assaulted by the age of 18. One in five of this program's clients disclose sexual abuse as the main reason for their referral.

The program aims to support people with an intellectual disability in self-esteem, human relationships and sexuality. It provides educational and counselling services for people with an intellectual disability, parents, carers, service providers and the general community.

It focuses on protective behaviours; self-esteem; communication; the positive expression of feelings; overcoming social isolation and loneliness; and dealing with bullying, teasing and serious forms of physical, verbal, sexual and other abuses.

Preventing Violence Against Women With Disabilities (ACT)

In Australia, approximately 20% of all women are disabled and more than 50% of people with disabilities are women. Women with disabilities experience higher rates of, and face higher risks of violence than women without disabilities.

Women with disabilities are often not aware that violence is unacceptable and criminal behaviour. Those who experience violence over a period of time often consider it to be normal behaviour or believe that no one else would be concerned about it. Women with disabilities who are dependent on carers who are violent often feel they do not have a choice, particularly when the carer is a spouse/partner.

This program is run by Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA). It is the first of its kind in Australia and one of only a small number of similar projects internationally.

Prior to WWDA's work, very little had been done in Australia on the issue of violence against women with disabilities and women with disabilities were unable to access women's refuges.

Tjilpi Tjutaku Bush Camp (South Australia)

The introduction of a dry (alcohol-free) area in the town of Coober Pedy, resulted in the problem of alcohol consumption and violence moving off the streets and into the homes, particularly where the most vulnerable Elders lived.

These Elders now live at the bush camp which they have declared a dry area where they can relax in peace and enjoy making their Traditional art work , which they will shortly begin to sell to tourists to generate funds for self-sufficiency.

The Elders also educate the wider community and their youth about traditional values. The local school has approached them to organise cultural education trips.

Monetary Winners

BIGhART (Tasmania)

Arts based, workshop models aimed at disadvantaged young people, resulting in art products being created and used for peer education to help create a community cultural shift and to generate positive media stories.

Award: $5000

Choices - Kids V.I.P. (Violence Intervention and Prevention for young women and their pre school children) (Victoria)

A specialised support service for homeless, or at risk of homelessness, young women who are experiencing significant parenting problems with their children as a result of domestic violence.

Award: $2000

Freedom From Fear (Western Australia)

A ten year community education campaign using the mass media. It focuses on perpetrators of domestic violence, calling on them to end the abuse. It includes a series of dramatic television commercials and is supported by press and radio advertisements. There is also a comprehensive range of community education activities, self-help information resources and promotional material.

Award: $5000

Going Places (Australian Capital Territory)

A Concurrent Groupwork Model for mothers and children who have experienced domestic violence. It addresses the detrimental effects of violence on the well being of children and their mothers.

Award: $2000

GoodnaPeace Builders (Queensland)

PeaceBuilders aims to increase levels of peace by reducing violence in the Goodna community. It is designed to create a more peaceful environment within the school, within families and across the community.

Award: $2000

Greater Dandenong Community Safety Program (Victoria)

The program aims to create a safe, enjoyable and healthy environment for the Greater Dandenong community through a partnership involving, Police, Council, agencies and the community.

Award: $2000

Halls Creek Sobering up Shelter (Western Australia)

The Shelter's prime purpose is to provide a safe, care oriented environment in which persons found intoxicated in public can sober up.

Award: $2000

Keep Cool (Western Australia)

Keep cool provides skills training in four main areas: awareness of feelings; coping strategies to effectively manage high-risk situations; assertive communication; and social problem-solving.


Management of Aggression in the Workplace (Western Australia)

Project provides staff with the knowledge and skills to recognise and minimise a potentially aggressive situation.

Award: $2000

No Longer Forgotten (Victoria)

Project identified support needs of young people who have witnessed family violence, identified gaps in the provision of services; published and recommended protocols and professional strategies to assist child witnesses and conducted associated workshops.

Award: $2000

Peel Youth Programme (Western Australia)

The programme works with young people who are perpetrators or survivors of violence on a one-to-one mentoring basis. The mentor/youthworker works with the young person to deconstruct their belief system in respect to violence within their environment and the wider community.

Award: $2000

Personal Safety Success Training for People with Intellectual Disability (Victoria)

Training Program aims to address the prevalence of Sexual Assault within the intellectual disability community. It provides protective strategies in a concrete way that helps to address body signs of feeling unsafe; ways to say "NO" and developing a network of people to go to when feeling unsafe.

Award: $2000

Preventing Abuse of the Older Person (Victoria)

Project increases the awareness of workers and individuals caring for frail and vulnerable aged people to the potential signs of abuse by using education and interagency collaboration as a means of providing early identification.

Award: $2000

Preventing the Phenomenon of the Nineties becoming the Uncontrolled Crime of the 21st Century! (Victoria)

Project provides professionals with training on how to detect cases of elder abuse and how to adequately respond to suspected cases. It assists with preparation of protocols and strategies for organisations which staff can follow in order to prevent abuse occurring and restrict the incidents of on-going abuse.

Award: $2000

Preventing Workplace Violence - a Job Watch Community Education Project (Victoria)

Project provides a community education campaign to reduce and stop violence in workplaces. It has placed emphasis on creating community awareness with special focus on the needs of young employees.

Award: $5000

Protective Mediation Programme (Western Australia)

Project offers the opportunity for victims and offenders to reach agreements about the level and nature of contact (if any) which will occur between them.

Award: $2000

Reclink Streetwork Program (Tasmania)

A street worker identifies vulnerable youth who are given guidance and support, and encouraged to participate in the RECLINK football sporting program. Apart from providing a positive outlet for physical activity and regular meals, it also provides the opportunity to develop social skills in an alcohol and drug free environment.

Award: $2000

Tangentyere Council Night Patrol (Northern Territory)

A community based night patrol that patrols places known for their violence. It provides logistical support for the local drying out shelter, women's shelter, hospital, youth emergency accommodation services, alcohol rehabilitation project and police. The Night Patrol is on call from 5 pm to midnight every night except Sunday.

Award: $5000

Triple Care Farm (New South Wales)

The young people participate in a 12 week course which is followed by an intensive program of residential accommodation; family counselling; vocational training; and after care support.

Award: $5000

Urban Arts Peace Project (Victoria)

This project provides each child contributor with the opportunity to create and name a "tile" which becomes a permanent part of the school ensuring that a body of the youth in the area (those most likely to vandalise) have a stake in protecting and valuing the school.

Award: $2000

Violence in the Home has Many Forms: Multicultural Domestic Violence Radio Announcement Project (South Australia)

A series of radio announcements in 13 community languages, directed at women from non-english speaking backgrounds, highlighting domestic violence and available support services.

Award: $2000

The Youth Outreach Program (Tasmania)

Program provides information, referral and support to young people and families living in the Huon Valley in relation to family conflict and domestic violence. The program aims to address the issue of aggression evolving from boredom and lack of activities through consulting with young people in developing and implementing projects in order to create assessable activities within the Huon Valley.

Award: $2000

Certificate of merit winners

Abuse Prevention Program (New South Wales)

An abuse prevention program in three stages over three consecutive years at high school. Stage 1 defines family/domestic violence. Stage 2 deals with issues relating to teenage relationships, including awareness of dating violence. Stage 3 revises earlier topics and introduces conflict resolution strategies.

The Alternatives to Violence Project (Australian Capital Territory)

Workshops focusing on conflict resolution skills enabling participants to adopt a values-based framework of philosophy than can gradually reduce violence in society.

The Anti-Violence Project (New South Wales)

Project runs MEND (Men Exploring New Directions) groups, Koori MEND groups and WEND (Women's support) groups to end domestic violence and abuse.

Balgowlah Boys' High School Alternative Dispute Resolution Process (New South Wales)

Boys are trained as peer mediators. Two mediators are assigned to mediate a dispute. The boys in dispute are able to negotiate behaviours acceptable to both and an agreement is signed.

Breaking the Cycle (Victoria)

This project was developed in response to the increasing number of referrals from mothers whose sons and/or daughters were behaving violently or abusively in the home. The project explores with mothers ways to bring about change for themselves and for their children; then teaches and practices with them the skills and strategies that will help them change their own and their children's behaviours.

Carlton/Parkville Inner City Youth Services (Victoria)

Project creates a place within a non-confrontational environment that provides opportunities to acquire practical and creative skills as well as access to recreational opportunities, services and facilities to youth within the community.

Children's Survival Program (Victoria)

Programs designed to target children (4-6 yrs, 7-11yrs and 12-16yrs) who are exposed to, or at risk of, witnessing family violence. Programs develop self-empowerment/self esteem within the child by obtaining strategies to keep themselves safe, gain knowledge about their rights, learn new skills to break the cycle of violence and provide a safe environment to validate and reframe the violence they may have experienced or witnessed.

Clarendon Vale Connect (Tasmania)

Aims to enhance parenting effectiveness through volunteer and community based initiatives. The project has created strong working partnerships between local and state government departments and the residents of the Clarendon Value housing estate. The Project Facilitator is able to help residents articulate and act on major social issues through personal exchange and familiarity with individuals living and working in the community.

Darebin Community Safety Audit Program (Victoria)

In partnership with community groups and police, audit targeted neighbourhood areas to reduce safety hazards, violence and perceptions of fear. The Community Safety Audits were held at night and involved residents, police Council staff and representatives of local groups and agencies. Issues focused on included: urban design, lighting, signage, street cleanliness, sight-lines, infrastructure maintenance, overhanging branches, graffiti and level of used syringes, etc.

Elder Protection Pilot Project (Western Australia)

Service providers are educated to recognise when a senior person is at risk of abuse and to provide access to the support or services needed to ease the risk situation. The project provides advice and assistance to agencies wishing to develop their own elder protection policies and protocols to improve the response to elder abuse cases.

Families and Violence - a holistic, family centred approach (Victoria)

An integrated, whole of family approach to family violence treatment and prevention with individual, group couple and family interventions for men, women, children and adolescents. A team approach has been developed to offer the range of services packaged according to the needs and composition of the family.

Harassment - It's not Cool (Tasmania)

A pamphlet designed to help older children and teenagers deal with the problem of bullying. The pamphlet describes harassment, types of harassment and ways to help combat bullying.

Health Promoting School Project (South Australia)

Project aims to educate the school community in resiliency, conflict resolution skills and general life skills in order to create a more positive and supportive environment.

Hillside (Victoria)

A Victorian Education Department facility providing short term intensive support for secondary students aged 13-16yrs who experience significant emotional and behavioural difficulties.

HOME-START (New South Wales)

A voluntary home visiting program which offers support, friendship and practical help to young families. It helps to develop positive coping strategies and aims to prevent family crisis/breakdown and to promote a healthy, nurturing environment for all children. All Home-Start visitors participate in a 10 week preparation program.

Huonville Primary School's Supportive School Environment (Tasmania)

The program has grown from a complex and interwoven set of programs which aim to create a physically and emotionally secure school environment in which the optimum teaching and learning can take place.

Keep Safe and Stay Cool (South Australia)

Project aims to create a universal program which will increase young people's awareness and knowledge about domestic violence.

Learning Non-Violence: Domestic Violence Education in Schools (Queensland)

Violence prevention program providing education in schools on domestic violence and dating violence; provides training, education and consultation on 'violence in schools'; and fosters non-violence with children and young people.

Lets Not Blame (Western Australia)

The video addresses family violence by taking the audience through a path involving three generations. To support the video, a Family Violence Training and Education Package in the form of Workshops was designed to encourage the involvement of the Aboriginal Community and their families in dealing with the issue of domestic violence openly.

The Maintenance and Expansion of the Child Prevention Service National Twenty-four Hour Crisis Line Service (New South Wales)

A 24-hr telephone support for non-coping parents who are in danger of abusing children.

Managing Anger in the Vietnamese Family (Victoria)

This program provides support to participants and encourages open discussion, sharing and learning from one another's experiences of family life and the relationship between husband, wife and children. It is a 12 week program. Teaching strategies included handouts and illustrations, discussions, individual and group sharing, role plays, questions time and summary.

Moving On and Continuing On - Dance Therapy for Women Survivors of Sexual Assault (Victoria)

The project incorporates traditional sexual assault group process with dance therapy to help women survivors gain better self-understanding and restore positive feelings about their bodies.

NASAS Outreach Service (Western Australia)

A street patrol is operated in Perth and Northbridge specifically targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by either alcohol or substance misuse. The people are provided transport to either accommodation, safe house or transient accommodation. Counselling and referral to appropriate agencies is also offered.

P.C.C.O.P.S. (Personal Computer Community Organisation Prevention System) (Western Australia)

P.C.C.O.P.S. is a communications tool capable of sending out 30 messages simultaneously from a specially designed computer allowing Police to send a recorded message to the maximum number of householders or businesses in the shortest possible time.

Parent Effectiveness Training (PET) (Tasmania)

Parents learn effective methods of communicating with their children, so that a positive relationship is reinforced. It provides alternatives to physical punishment in disciplining children. Participants in the course practise the skills of emphatic listening, assertiveness (as opposed to aggression), problem solving and conflict resolution.

Perth Sobering Up Centre (Western Australia)

A minimalist welfare approach with harm reduction aims. The main function of the service is to care for persons found intoxicated in public until they are sober.

Prevention and Awareness of Violence in Schools (Australian Capital Territory)

Project shows school age children the impact of their offending behaviour on their victims and the consequences of their actions by having 'real victims' relate their own stories.

Reclaiming our Future (South Australia)

A culturally appropriate intervention for mental health problems experienced by Aboriginal offenders. The program is delivered to a maximum of 15 participants, daily over a four-week period.

Recognising Signs of Domestic Violence in General Practice (Western Australia)

An education program to increase the knowledge of general practitioners about domestic violence through the publication of monthly newsletter articles; development of an information pamphlet for patients.

Responsible Service of Alcohol Program (Tasmania)

An awareness raising campaign. It provides licensed premises with an approved atmosphere for patrons and staff; a safe and responsible environment; a better knowledge of alcohol and its effects; and a greater awareness of legal liabilities. This program ensures that licensed premises adopt the principles of responsible serving of alcohol and comply with the requirements of the Liquor and Accommodation Act 1990.

Sexual Abuse Counselling and Prevention Program (Victoria)

The program aims to prevent sexual abuse; assist children, families and caregivers to understand and overcome the impact and problems created by sexual abuse; to stop children and young people perpetrating sexually abusive behaviours on others ; and to provide education to professionals and the community on responding to and preventing sexual abuse.

Sexual Violence Awareness Month Campaign (Queensland)

A public awareness and education campaign incorporating media, art, poetry, public displays newsletters etc. to increase community awareness of the context, nature and extent of sexual violence.

Sports Challenge Australia (Western Australia)

The Sports Challenge project has been designed to improve self-concept/self esteem and promote positive mental health and develop preparation for life skills. The program involves selected children/adolescents and whole classes receiving instruction from trained elite athletes/mentors.

Violence as a Public Health Issue (South Australia)

A course has been developed to teach medical students about the effects of various types of violence on the health and welfare of groups in the community. The course covers the responsibility and role of the doctor in preventing violence globally and locally. Students attend practice-based workshops to explore ways of providing appropriate interventions.

W.A.V.E.S. (Victoria)

Group meetings provide ongoing support and education to women who are victims or potential victims of violence.

Workshop Project (Tasmania)

A wood/metal work tutor is employed by Community Correction Services to provide information, skills and supervision with the assistance of youth service workers. It provides skills and training in an alternative learning environment. The workshop program is offered to students at risk of dropping out of high school. Counselling assistance, information and support is also offered.

Young Men's Support Network (Australian Capital Territory)

The project supports young men through four separate initiatives: Men Mentoring Men (volunteer men form a mentor relationship providing weekly contact and a positive non-violent role model); Inschools (workshops and counselling provided in ACT Schools); Counselling (one on one counselling); Anger Transformation Workshops (groups work through their anger either as victims or perpetrators of abuse).