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2000 Award winners

Announced by the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone on Thursday, 2 November 2000.

National winners

Each of the national winners received a $10000 award and a Certificate of Merit.

Parent Aide Unit (Queensland)

The Unit selects, trains and professionally supervises about 40 volunteer Parent Aides who visit and support families where child protection issues have become evident. They perform this role as integral members of a child protection network, involving police, medical and allied health professionals and child welfare authorities. The primary goal is to protect children from non-accidental injury, particularly in the first few years of life.

Hand Brake Turn (Victoria)

Hand Brake Turn is an automotive training program for young unemployed people and a crime prevention program for a percentage of young people who have been involved in the Juvenile Justice System. The program offers young people 'hands on' training in motor mechanics, spray painting and panel beating, detailing, workshop safety, driver education, literacy, numeracy and communication skills. It offers vocational support and assists young people to get 'work ready'.

Special category winners

'Special Category' Awards were sponsored by the Hon John Anderson, MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women and "Partnerships Against Domestic Violence" and the Hon Dr David Kemp, MP, Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs.

Each of the Special Category winners received a $10000 award and Certificate of Merit.

1. Special 'Regional Communities' category award sponsored by the Hon John Anderson, MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, awarded to:

Ngadrii Ngalli Way (Family Support Project) Inc (New South Wales)

The project provides culturally appropriate support to vulnerable Aboriginal families; empowers the Aboriginal community to develop strategies for parenting, home-making and financial managements skills to provide positive and non-violent family environments for the growth and development of children; works toward minimising the need for formal intervention by DOCS though empowering families to prevent violence and abuse and gives service priority to families whose children have been identified as being "at risk" of child abuse or neglect.

2. Special category award for a project which focuses on the prevention of violence against women, sponsored by Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women and "Partnerships Against Domestic Violence", awarded to:

Initiative to Combat the Health Impact of Domestic Violence Against Women (Queensland)

The Initiative is a Statewide system for screening for domestic violence in antenatal clinics, emergency departments and other point of entry into the health care system. The objectives of Phase 1 of the Initiative were to develop an appropriate method for identifying women who have experienced domestic violence; to trial the method for identifying women in both rural and urban hospital antenatal, emergency and outpatients settings and to evaluate and document the methodology and make recommendations for the implementation of subsequent stages of the Initiative.

3. Special category award for an outstanding youth project, sponsored by the Hon Dr David Kemp, MP, Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, awarded to:


On-TRACK was established in response to community, business and Police concerns about anti social and violent behaviour exhibited by some groups of young people in the Perth inner city area. It provides alternative care for young people who are in Police custody due to welfare issues rather than offending behaviour and require a safe, supported environment while waiting for a responsible adult or care-giver to be located.

Monetary winners

Six projects received an award of $5000 and a Certificate of Merit.

Outreach Programs (Tasmania)

Various projects operating under the 'Outreach Programs' are the Mobile Activity Centre, Teen Vacation Challenges, Reclink and Street Work. The programs provide activities, support, counselling and resource information for juveniles. The project allows participants the opportunity to be involved with worthwhile and positive activities that require team spirit which creates high self-esteem and positive behaviour.

Keeping Yourself Safe: An Integrated Workplace Violence Reduction Programme (Western Australia)

Training program developed on-site to provide workers considered most "at risk" with skills to reduce the potential for workplace violence and to reduce the risk of harm to self and others in the event of actual violence. The training is designed to enable staff to learn and practise interpersonal skills aimed towards conflict management to reduce aggressive behaviour and to respond appropriately to episodes of actual aggression.

Northern Territory Be Cool Not Cruel - Community Education Program for Young Territorians (Northern Territory)

Domestic violence community education campaign that aims to raise awareness in young people about domestic violence, that it is not acceptable, and there is help available. It also aims to raise awareness with adults about the effect of domestic violence on young people. A higher order objective of the campaign was to break the cycle of violence between and among families and ultimately to being about a violence free society for all Territorians.

Rekindling the Spirit (New South Wales)

The project commenced with a group of Lismore Aboriginal men facing issues if violence which they needed to address. Greg Telford, a local Aboriginal man uses an 'eclectic model' of strategies to effect behavioural changes in Aboriginal men who commit family violence. The services aim to empower the men to take responsibility for changing their own violent behaviour and the effect it has on their families.

Smashing Pancakes (Victoria)

The Theatre Group was initiated by 'at risk' young people at Rushworth College who were experiencing difficulties with the traditional education system. Many young people suffered low self esteem, communication difficulties and anger management problems. The performance centres around their experiences of isolation, drug and alcohol issues, problems with the law and sexual abuse.

The Port Lincoln Domestic Violence Rapid Response Project (South Australia)

The Port Lincoln Domestic Violence Rapid Response Program installs 24 hour monitored personal safety alarms into the homes of women who have left violent relationships and are at risk of ongoing violence from their ex-partners. The alarms enable women to summon prompt assistance from the police when experiencing unwanted attention and violence from their ex-partners.

Seven projects received an award of $3000 and a Certificate of Merit

Solving the Jigsaw: Changing the Culture of Violence (Victoria)

A program in schools which focuses on the key areas of violence, bullying, depression, anxiety and abuse and which is designed to foster safety, well-being and belonging among young people. The courses are run by trained facilitators and range from short, medium and long term programs at primary and secondary levels. The program also includes linked parenting programs and professional development and information sessions for teachers.

Good Beginnings Prison Parenting Project (Tasmania)

The program works with inmates, their families and children. It aims to break the cycle of crime and inter-generation violence in families by fostering an awareness of the impact of violence on children. It aims at providing additional parenting skills, information about growth and development and opportunities to explore new ways of relating with people.

Central Western Queensland Domestic Violence Awareness Project (Queensland)

A three dimensional awareness raising project - 40,000 shopping bags carrying the "Seeds of Change" logo and the DV 1800 numbers for both men and women are placed in grocery stores in 8 towns during the month of May; bumper stickers are distributed district wide to citizens and drink coasters are placed in Clubs, Hotels and Licensed Restaurants for distribution during Domestic Violence Week.

Women Working Alongside Women with Intellectual and Learning Disabilities (WWILD) (Queensland)

The program supports victims of sexual violence and runs programs for women aimed at the prevention of sexual violence. It is committed to engaging proactively in activities that aim to empower women with intellectual and learning disabilities to be involved in the decision making processes that affect their lives.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Consultant Program (Northern Territory)

Aboriginal Family consultants work as two-person gender-balanced teams in providing assistance to families who are often in heated dispute following family breakdown and separation. The program generally assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to access and effectively utilise the dispute resolution services provided by the Family Court in the Northern Territory.

Burnside-NEWPIN (New South Wales)

NEWPIN is a self-help child protection program with the aim of working with families under stress to break the cycle of destructive family behaviour and family violence. The centre offers a safe supportive environment for parents and their children. It brings together parenting support, specialised play facilitation, education, 24 hour support and social activities.

Young People's Rape Prevention Project (South Australia)

The project aims to reduce the incident of rape and sexual assault in the inner city; design and test projects which can be implemented at a local level to reduce the risk of rape and sexual assault; increase the awareness of young people who may be at risk; prevention strategies and safer behaviours; legal, health and welfare rights and options; and options and services available to victims/survivors.

Twenty-two projects were awarded $1,000 and a Certificate of Merit

Wheatbelt Domestic Violence Helpline (Western Australia)

The Helpline was established to address the identified need within the Wheatbelt for a service which provided a local integrated approach to preventing domestic violence and assisting victims. It provides a resources for victims who may need assistance with information, emergency accommodation, transport, financial assistance, referral or emotional support.

Who's the Loser (New South Wales)

Educational video and booklet, WHO'S THE LOSER, which addresses the serious and controversial issue of family violence and child protection in Aboriginal communities. It is for use in training programs about family violence and/or child protection in conjunction with other training materials that promote protection for women and children.

Big Shame (New South Wales)

Educational video and booklet, BIG SHAME, which addresses child sexual assault in Aboriginal communities. It shows the seriousness of child sexual assault and the difficulties facing a family and community where sexual abuse is happening. It encourages discussion about the effects of sexual abuse, the things offenders do to trap children and families, and what needs to happen to protect children.

Sexual Assault and Intellectual Disability Kit (Victoria)

The Kit provides intellectually disabled people, and staff working with intellectually disabled people, a multi media method of communication in relation to the issue of sexual assault. It has been designed to help people with an intellectual disability to understand what sexual assault is, what to do and how to get help if they have been a victim of sexual assault. The Kit, comprises a booklet, with a reading level difficulty of 5.3 years. The information contained in the booklet is also available on a video and computer cd.

Violence Intervention Program (VIP) (South Australia)

The program takes a case management approach to provide intervention through group programs and one to one, family and couple counselling, for mandated perpetrators of domestic violence, their partners (or ex-partners) and children involved. This is achieved in collaboration and partnership with the Magistrates Court, the Police and Department for Corrections.

(Women's Stories of) Maternal Alienation (South Australia)

The project aims to make visible men's action in alienating their children from mothers. Strategies used in maternal alienation were identified through an analysis of interviews with women who had experienced being alienated from their children or their mothers. Stories will be compiled into a book and consequently published. The stories along with the research will provide the basis for training packages as well as insightful learning for workers who work with and support women who have experienced violence and abuse and maternal alienation.

Family Relationship Program (Victoria)

The program consists of men's behaviour change groups and support services for women. It is run in accordance with the NTV Manual - Stopping men's violence in the family which offers best practice guidelines for the running of violence prevention programs. It has an established access system, assessment process and offers individual and group services for men, women and children.

Accredited Training Program for Volunteer Male Family Violence Telephone Counsellors (Victoria)

A 130-hours accredited course designed specifically for men wishing to become volunteer male Family Violence Telephone Counsellors. The course is designed to be appropriate for 'ordinary' non-professional men in the community and it incorporates a number of recognised competency standards relating to general telephone counselling as well as specific competencies for male family violence telephone counselling.

Domestic Violence Legal Service, Alice Springs (Northern Territory)

The Darwin Community Legal Service provides legal support and advice for both male and female survivors of domestic violence. Whist providing casework court representation, the service has also carried out extensive interviews with clients, in order to explore all legal and non-legal options to ensure client safety.

ADR Program (New South Wales)

An Alternative Dispute Resolution program that offers a range of processes which encourages young people to resolve their own disputes. The program provides high standard training to a core group in mediation skills to enable them to operate as accredited mediators and assist their peers to resolve their own disputes.

Tennant Creek Women's Refuge (Northern Territory)

The Refuge offers a safe and secure environment for women and children escaping domestic and family violence. It operates 24 hours a day throughout the year and provides food and shelter; links with other services; supports client's rights to counselling and legal access; provides case management; offers a culturally appropriate service and non-judgemental support as well as providing education and safety options to empower women to move on.

Kids Help Kids (Queensland)

The project involves approaching schools to hold a free dress day to raise money for children and young people affected by domestic violence and offering various material about domestic violence. The project benefits the schools by providing domestic violence education, support for students and teachers, assistance to students who have been affected by domestic violence, teaching protective behaviours, information networking and increased awareness.

Safe Shop Project (Victoria)

The 'Safe Shop' Project is a partnership approach to improving community safety and perceptions of safety in Greater Dandenong. Retailers who display the "Safe Shop" sign on their shop window are committed to provide assistance to customers on a range of issues that relate to security and community confidence.

Many Rivers Violence Prevention Unit (New South Wales)

The project provides support, legal advice, court support; referrals to other services (eg Family Support, Housing, Community Health, Drug and Alcohol Counselling etc), assists clients with compensation claims, provides family mediation where appropriate, conducts community education programs and provides after hours telephone support for Aboriginal families who experience family/domestic violence.

Abuse Prevention Program (APP) (South Australia)

The program employs a rights focused advocacy model in elder abuse. The single agency model allows for the development of knowledge and expertise, which can be shared with both older people to stop abuse, or to service providers to assist them in their case work in elder abuse.

No Bull ... Say No to Bullying and Violence in the Workplace (an education video and resource book) (Victoria)

The project aims to educate secondary students before they embark on work experience or work placement about workplace violence and bullying. The video and resource booklet provides teachers with the resources to explain to students what constitutes workplace violence and bullying; legal rights and responsibilities of employees, employers and schools and what to do and where to go for help.

The Northern Territory Court-Mandated and Court-Referred Program for Offenders of Domestic Violence (Northern Territory)

A court-mandated and court-referred pilot program for offenders of domestic and family violence as a best practice model for the nation. The program incorporated innovative, culturally relevant elements developed by Indigenous Territorians. The purpose of the program is to reinforce to offenders that domestic violence is a crime; challenge the attitudes and behaviours that allow violence and abuse to occur; to accept responsibility for the violence and provide offenders with the skills and strategies required to cease violent behaviour.

Reservoir Ending Violence Anger Manangement Program (REVAMP) (Victoria)

The program aims to provide participants with the skills to identify and reduce the cognitive and behavioural patterns that lead to their aggression and violence. It attempts to equip clients with alternative mechanisms for resolving future conflict. Methods that facilitate this acknowledgment, identification reduction and replacement are outlined and rehearsed throughout the ten program weeks.

Right Relationships Peer Mediation Program (Queensland)

Trained Year 6 and 7 students mediate low level conflicts which occur during lunch breaks on the school playground. Various strategies are in place to create an environment where all children within the community feel safe, supported and confident, with an understanding of their rights and with a basic appreciation of the profiles of bully and victim.

Victimisation and Gender in High Schools: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice (South Australia)

This project encompasses research into various aspects of aggression, especially as it relates to gender issues in the high school setting and actively seeks to translate research findings into practical interventions.

Ulladulla Domestic Violence Support Service (New South Wales)

The Support Service provides people whose lives are affected by domestic violence with support, information and referral to services in the community. It also provides a court support programme to assist women seeking Apprehended Violence Orders as well as providing short-term emergency accommodation in local motels participating in the Emergency Accommodation Programme.

The Clarence Plains Youth Centre Alternative Learning, Recreation and Social Support Programs (Tasmania)

Project develops, coordinates and provides a high standard of recreation, alternative learning and social support opportunities that are reflective of the diverse nature of young people's needs within the City of Clarence. It predominantly operates programs in the lower-economic housing estates in the Clarence Plains area.

Certificate of merit winners

Twenty-four projects were awarded certificates of merit.

  • A Partnership Encouraging Effective Learning (APEEL) (New South Wales)
  • CityCare Newcastle Inc. (New South Wales)
  • The Anti-Violence Project (AVP) (New South Wales)
  • Ending Offending - Our Message (Northern Territory)
  • Alcohol, Safety and Event Management Planning Project (Queensland)
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Police Liaison Officers Project (LGBTPLO) (Queensland)
  • Anti Harassment Program (Queensland)
  • Capalaba State School's "Building Community" Project (Queensland)
  • A Journey of Healing Through Song (Queensland)
  • A Multicultural Response to Domestic Violence (Queensland)
  • Heroes Don't Hit (Queensland)
  • Abuse of Older People Education Program (South Australia)
  • Middle Eastern Communities Development (South Australia)
  • Relationship Violence - No Way! Project (South Australia)
  • WOW-Safe: Women of the West for Safe Families (South Australia)
  • Preventing Workplace Violence: Toward a Best Practice Model for Work in the Community (South Australia)
  • Addressing Family Violence in Recently Arrived NESB Communities (South Australia)
  • The PAVE Project - Partnerships Against Violence Everywhere (Tasmania)
  • Launceston City Council - Young Persons Strategy (Tasmania)
  • Crown Limited's Responsible Service of Alcohol (Best Practice) Program (Victoria)
  • Sex Offender Programs: A Continuum of Care Model (Victoria)
  • Stop It Now (Victoria)
  • What is Family Violence? Booklet (Victoria)
  • Family and Domestic Violence Hospital Protocols Project (Western Australia)