As we recognise this Week Without Violence, it is imperative that professional practice actually evolves and more effectively addresses the scourge of family violence that afflicts women and their children. Invisible Practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence is a new project funded by ANROWS and partner organisations. Led by Cathy Humphreys with a team of University of Melbourne researchers and partner organisations in Victoria, NSW, Qld and WA, the project focuses on practitioners' support requirements when working with fathers who use violence. Child protection and family services professionals are contributing to the development of practice guidelines in this challenging area of work. Two CPS staff are part of the Communities of Practice group for the Victorian aspect of the research and have attended three of six workshops thus far. The impetus for Invisible Practices was an increased concern about the response of frontline services when intervening with fathers who use violence. Many interventions occur outside specialist behaviour change programs for fathers that are still in contact or living with their children and partners. As an organisation committed to implementing the latest in evidenced-based best practice, CPS welcomes the opportunity to contribute to a project that will hopefully better equip practitioners who work with violent fathers.Read the story
The Week Without Violence (WWV) is an initiative created by the YWCA (USA) in 1995. The campaign's goal is to end violence against women and occurs in the third week of October each year. At CPS our staff work with survivors of family violence every day and know intimately the various trauma caused to mothers and their children who are often the silent victims. Since 1999 the northern metropolitan region has had a proud history of participation in the WWV, primarily through the Clothesline Project which focuses on raising awareness about family violence. The Clothesline Project was created in 1990 by a coalition of women’s groups in Massachusetts, USA. The concept was to break the silence and bear witness to the prevalence of violence against women. This year CPS staff at Thomastown (above) and Heidelberg (below) participated with great enthusiasm, expressing their feelings about family violence using words and artwork painted on T-shirts. Before being displayed in CPS' reception area, staff were keen to try them on and take some time out in the sunshine to demonstrate their support for the Week Without Violence and the Clothesline Project.Read the story
Three children, family violence, a marriage breakdown and an abusive and controlling ex-husband…
This is a first hand account of how CPS helped a mum navigate a turbulent time in her life to the point where she is now excited about what the future holds for her family.