In 2022, the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing (CWSW) received funding from the Department of Communities to develop a Primary Prevention Framework and other related initiatives in collaboration with Stopping Family Violence (SFV) and Aboriginal stakeholders. The project will guide prevention activities, support capacity building and training efforts, and provide practice development support for the emerging prevention of violence against women sector in Western Australia.
PVT has established a Steering Committee to provide support, guidance, and strategic oversight of the Framework project. The Steering Committee comprises:
- Dr Alison Evans (Co-Chair) – Director, Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence, CWSW
- Damian Green (Co-Chair) – CEO, SFV
- Leanne Barron – CEO, Starick
- Stacey Collins – Director, System Reform and Innovation, Department of Communities
- Gail Connor – A/Principal Policy Officer, Department of Communities
- Dr Michael Flood – Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology
- Vanessa Harvey – Manager, Starick
- Corina Martin – CEO, Aboriginal Family Legal Services
- Kyalie Moore – Director, Boomerang Consultancy
- Dr Emma Partridge – Manager, Government Relations and Policy, Our Watch
- Mary-Rose Tomeo – Manager, Preventing Violence Together, CWSW
- Jane Torney – Manager, Prevention Sector Engagement, Prevention in Action, Our Watch
The inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee was held in July 2022, with members expressing excitement about the project and a genuine commitment to supporting and enhancing the Western Australian primary prevention sector. In two further meetings, members have been updated on PVT’s learnings from delivering and analysing feedback from Prevention in Practice and Unpacking Resistance pilots, shared their expertise and approved a consultation approach.
A Project Team has also been established to support the planning, consultation and development of the primary prevention framework and related projects. The team comprises staff from PVT and Aboriginal representatives from regions across WA. The PVT team are grateful to our Aboriginal colleagues for the knowledge, experience, integrity and culture they bring to this work. Their insights are proving invaluable to the development of the primary prevention framework.
The primary prevention framework is expected to be completed in mid-2023.