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Violence prevention programs rewarded

Media Release

23 October 1997

Four outstanding projects were awarded a total of $50 000 by Federal Minister for Justice, Senator Amanda Vanstone, at the sixth Australian Violence Prevention Awards in Canberra today.

Senator Vanstone commended all winners for their efforts in violence prevention. "Your efforts are a notable contribution to the collective effort being made by governments, law enforcement agencies and organisations to help make Australia a safer place."

"Recent figures show that nearly all major offences against persons and property have been on the rise over the past 50 years, and indicate that crime costs Australians almost $20 billion each year", Senator Vanstone said.

"These awards play an important role in our society because early intervention has proven to be a key method of preventing crime", Director of the Australia Institute of Criminology, Dr Adam Graycar said.

The Positive Parenting program (Triple P, as featured on 60 Minutes) from Queensland was the overall national winner, receiving $20 000 and a Certificate of Merit.

The program aims to prevent serious behaviour or adjustment problems in children by teaching parents of pre-adolescent children alternatives to harsh, inconsistent and coercive discipline practices. Parents are taught strategies for building positive relationships with their children using assertive discipline, supporting their partner and dealing with negative moods and solving problems.

Three other national winners received $10 000 each and Certificates of Merit.

The Family C.A.R.E. Project of Queensland is a trial of home-based nursing services provided to identified vulnerable families. The group targets victims of domestic violence and past violence and consists of a series of home visits by a child health nurse over two years.

Preventing Workplace Violence project of Victoria, initiated by Job Watch, provides employees who experience violence at work with a mechanism for reporting and redress.

Feel Safe is a preventative social skills training program, designed to enable adults and older adolescents with impaired cognitive abilities and poor receptive language to develop skills to help deal with situations that are unsafe or potentially abusive or dangerous.

Nineteen other projects were awarded $2 000 each and Certificates of Merit.

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