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Programs for marginalised people win top Violence Prevention Awards

Media Release

21 October 1999

Media release from Senator, the Hon Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Justice and Customs

Four innovative programs for marginalised people from around the country took top honours at the 8th annual National Violence Prevention Awards announced by Federal Minister for Justice, Senator Amanda Vanstone in Canberra today.

The following four National Winners each won $10 000 and a Certificate of Merit.

Preventing Violence Against Women With Disabilities (ACT)
This project raises awareness of the issue of violence against women with disabilities. It improves access to information, and educates and improves access to services for women with disabilities who experience violence or who are at risk of experiencing violence.
Forensic Psychiatric Support Program (Victoria)
An outreach based support program for mentally disordered offenders who have been discharged from prison or psychiatric hospital to live in the community. The program seeks to provide services to clients who are unstable and who have difficulty engaging with treatment and support services within the community.
Tjilpi Tjutaku Bush Camp (South Australia)
The bush camp provides a safe, supervised area for Aboriginal Elders, who have suffered physical, sexual and financial abuse, to live rent and utility free with their families. The camp offers stress-free time out, art and craft, and socialisation programs. People with alcohol or drug abuse problems are able to stay at the bush camp while undergoing rehabilitation.
The People 1st Program (Western Australia)
The program provides educational and counselling services for people with an intellectual disability. The services are designed to combat all forms of violence in a proactive and holistic way. They encourage the cultivation of empowering skills, for dealing with anger and frustration, for communicating feelings, for being assertive to the negative or exploitative behaviours of others and for establishing a safety network of trusted people.

Five projects were awarded $5000 each and a Certificate of Merit: Freedom from Fear - Campaign Against Domestic Violence (Western Australia); Preventing Workplace Violence - A Job Watch Community Education Project (Victoria); BIGhART (Tasmania); Tangentyere Council Night Patrol (Northern Territory); and Triple Care Farm (NSW).

Seventeen projects received an award of $2000 each and a Certificate of Merit, and 37 projects were awarded Certificates of Merit.

The Australian Violence Prevention Awards are an initiative of the Heads of Government of Australia and are administered by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).

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