Fund­ing to help tackle teen home vi­o­lence

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - OLIVIA SHY­ING

TEENAGE fam­ily vi­o­lence of­fend­ers will be sup­ported to change their be­hav­iour un­der a new gov­ern­ment pro­gram.

The State Gov­ern­ment to­day will an­nounce a $1.35 mil­lion pro­gram across three sites, in­clud­ing Gee­long, to ex­pand and strengthen ser­vices to re­duce ado­les­cent vi­o­lence in the home.

The Gee­long pro­gram, aimed at 12-to-17-year-olds and their fam­i­lies, will be run through the newly an­nounced Or­ange Door ser­vice by Bar­won Child, Youth and Fam­ily.

BCYF chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Sandy Mor­ri­son said the new fund­ing would al­low for the ex­pan­sion of cur­rent lo­cal pro­grams and see the or­gan­i­sa­tion work closely with other fam­ily vi­o­lence ser­vices.

“BCYF wel­comes the an­nounce­ment from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment that we will be re­ceiv­ing ad­di­tional fund­ing to ex­pand the Ado­les­cent Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Pro­gram in Gee­long, lo­cally known as Step Up — Build­ing Healthy Re­la­tion­ships,” Mr Mor­ri­son said.

“The pro­gram aims to re­duce ado­les­cent fam­ily vi­o­lence and in­crease the safety of all im­pacted fam­ily mem­bers through the pro­vi­sion of a fam­ily-based, in­te­grated model of case man­age­ment sup­port to young peo­ple us­ing vi­o­lence against a par­ent or carer.”

Mr Mor­ri­son said BCYF pro­vided ado­les­cent fam­ily vi­o­lence sup­port to 96 Bar­won fam­i­lies in 2017 through case work and group work. Young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies sel­f­re­fer to the pro­gram.

Fam­i­lies and Chil­dren Min­is­ter Jenny Mikakos said the pro­gram was part of the gov­ern­ment’s $2.6 bil­lion in­vest­ment to ad­dress fam­ily vi­o­lence.

“It’s crit­i­cal we in­ter­vene ear­lier when young peo­ple are vul­ner­a­ble and at risk of con­tin­u­ing to use fam­ily vi­o­lence into adult­hood,” she said.

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