Domestic violence program to come to Eyre Peninsula

Two Eyre Peninsula organisations have come on board as partners to help spread the Young Women’s Christian Association’s program aimed to prevent domestic violence.

YWCA will receive $99,907 from the state government for its Equipping Regional Communities to Prevent Violence Against Women project.

The will expand the association’s work in violence prevention by expanding its Bystander Intervention workshops to regions including the Eyre Peninsula.

Eyre Futures and the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council have been identified as regional partners after sending letters to YWCA promising support.

Eyre Futures manager Jill Coates said the organisation felt it was important for its client base to know something like this was available.

“Our support for it was centred on making it known to our client base and helping with referrals where appropriate,” she said.

“We said we would be ready and willing to work with YWCA in the delivery of the project by assisting with participation with recruiting and promoting among our clients, including youth.”

The Bystander Intervention workshops educate men and women about positive strategies to create safer communities.

Delivery of the workshops have not been finalised yet but the YWCA is looking at rolling them out by the end of the year or beginning of next year.

YWCA Adelaide chief executive Liz Forsyth said the organisation was committed to preventing violence through education and community capacity building.

“We are delighted to be able to expand our work in this area over the next 12 months and look forward to partnering with key local organisations who are committed to preventing violence in their communities,” she said.

Yarredi Services, which manages the Port Lincoln Domestic Violence Service, has seen the value of such workshops.

Yarredi Services executive officer Sharyn Potts said local statistics showed an average of 318 clients a year in the past five years, which included women, children and families.

She said these figures were the “tip of the iceberg.”

“We know from research that only a small proportion of women who experience domestic violence report it.”

“Likewise, many people who witness domestic violence don’t report it for fear of repercussions, not wanting to ‘get involved’, not sure if what they see constitutes domestic violence or are not sure how or who to report to.”

Ms Potts said domestic violence was a community issue and Yarredi Services hoped the workshops would arm the community with information on how to safely take action.

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