Gate­way to help pre­vent crime

Eastern Reporter - - News -

A MAY­LANDS crime sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion will launch a new pro­gram in a bid to pre­vent women and young peo­ple from re­of­fend­ing in 2018.

An­gel­hands, based at The Rise, re­ceived grants from Lot­tery­west ($44,587), the De­part­ment of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice ($93,800) and Min­deroo ($10,183) while pro­vid­ing $45,159 from its own funds to form the Gate­way pi­lot project.

The project will pri­ori­tise cul­tur­ally and lin­guis­ti­cally di­verse par­tic­i­pants and aims to help them master trauma symp­toms, re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion, main­tain a sense of be­long­ing and achieve good well­be­ing.

May­lands MLA Lisa Baker also pro­vided $23,000 to­wards the An­gel­hands’ CREW pro­gram, which used art to help peo­ple deal with their post trau­matic stress dis­or­der, through the State Govern­ment’s Lo­cal Project Lo­cal Jobs fund­ing pro­gram ear­lier this year.

An­gel­hands Gate­way project co-or­di­na­tor Kathy Cs­aba said the pro­gram looked at the cor­re­la­tion be­tween risky be­hav­iours and trauma.

“Dur­ing the 10-week pro­gram, peo­ple will learn how to iden­tify what are the is­sues they need to work on and make good life de­ci­sions,” she said.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said pre­vent­ing trauma in the long term would save money spent on keep­ing peo­ple in jail.

“I think we can al­ways im­prove re­la­tions be­tween lo­cal po­lice and crime pre­ven­tion of­fi­cers but po­lice are more than any­one aware of the value of pre­ven­tion,” she said.

Bayswa­ter Po­lice officer-in-charge John Waghorn said there had been a 9 per cent in­crease in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­ports over the past 12 months.

“Some­times, there is a sil­ver lin­ing to the spike in re­ported of­fences be­cause it shows vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence are keener to re­port po­lice whether as two years ago they might not,” he said.

Pic­ture: Kristie Lim

The May­lands Brick­works site.

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