Funding received to enable Community, Respect and Equality Champions to step up and speak out against violence.
The Community, Respect and Equality Project has recently been successful in securing WA Police Community Crime Prevention funding for its Community Champions Pilot Project. The project will be seeking community members who are willing and able to role model respectful behaviour and be a visible leader within the community. Champions will be provided with training around family and domestic violence and how to safely ‘call out’ violence supportive behaviours such as jokes and inappropriate behaviours within community settings. Champions will also feature in various media, social media and poster campaigns and appear at community events.
Community, Respect and Equality Project Officer, Margie Robinson said “Geraldton has one of the highest incident rates of family and domestic violence (FDV) per capita in Western Australia. The Community, Respect and Equality project looks to address this at a whole of community level through initiatives that promote respect and equality in a range of settings including workplaces, sporting clubs, schools and community events. The Community Champions Pilot Project gives individuals in the community the opportunity to step up and speak out against violence in a united and positive way.”
“We will be holding community workshops on the Community, Respect and Equality Project in the near future and we encourage interested community members to attend these and speak to project staff if they are interested in the Champions Pilot Program.”, Ms. Robinson said. “We welcome people of all ages and from any community sector to come on board as a champion.”
Chrysalis Support Service received funding from the Department of Social Services for the Community, Respect and Equality Project. The project will develop a Strategic Action Plan for the primary prevention of family and domestic violence in Geraldton. The Plan will focus on initiatives such as the Community Champions Pilot Program that challenges accepted behaviours and social norms that condone violence and reinforce inequality and disrespect.
Community, Respect and Equality Workshops will be held in March:
- Tuesday 14 March from 10am-12pm at PCYC (with a crèche available)
- Friday 17 March from 6pm -8pm at City Hive 184 Marine Terrace
Refreshments will be provided. The workshops will provide information on the project and workshop ideas about how we can start to address FDV as a community. Anyone who has an interest in increasing respect and preventing violence in our community is encouraged to attend. To reserve your place contact Margie via the online contact form at www.communityrespectandequality.com.au or call 9964 2742. You can also follow the Community, Respect and Equality Project on Facebook.