Holis­tic plan for fam­ily vi­o­lence

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY SARAH SCULLY

Goolum Goolum Abo­rig­i­nal Co-op­er­a­tive chair­man John Gor­ton has wel­comed a new holis­tic ap­proach to help in­dige­nous peo­ple af­fected by fam­ily vi­o­lence and strengthen re­la­tion­ships with po­lice.

Goolum Goolum and Vic­to­ria Po­lice have launched new Wim­mera Koori Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Po­lice Pro­to­cols.

“The doc­u­ment shows how Vic­to­ria Po­lice mem­bers will re­spond to fam­ily vi­o­lence,” Mr Gor­ton said.

“It is a holis­tic ap­proach – not just for the fam­i­lies, but also the per­pe­tra­tors. Through the pro­to­cols, both are of­fered sup­port. For the per­pe­tra­tors, it might in­clude be­ing re­ferred to be­havioural-change pro­grams or anger man­age­ment.

“The pro­to­cols in­volve a

Mr Gor­ton said the pro­to­cols would strengthen the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the re­gion’s Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity and po­lice.

“This is very sig­nif­i­cant and will af­fect the way po­lice are go­ing to in­ter­act with Abo­rig­i­nals ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence and how they ap­proach them,” he said.

“It will lead to bet­ter out­comes for step-by-step ap­proach.” all in­volved.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Mar­getts said the pro­to­cols would bring Wim­mera po­lice re­sponse to fam­ily vi­o­lence in line with state fam­ily vi­o­lence pro­to­cols.

“They also take into ac­count the cul­tural sen­si­tiv­i­ties within in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“A big part of the pro­to­cols is train­ing for po­lice mem­bers, which was done on the morn­ing of the launch.”

The launch, at Hor­sham An­gling Club, in­cluded guest speak­ers, a Wel­come to Coun­try by Aunty Hazel Mcdon­ald and a smok­ing cer­e­mony.

Mr Gor­ton said Aunty Hazel pre­sented a paint­ing to the po­lice on be­half of the re­gion’s in­dige­nous com­mu­nity.

“We also pre­sented a paint­ing that sym­bol­ises unity be­tween po­lice and the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity, which was pre­sented by mem­bers of our KOOKAS home­work club,” he said.

Mr Gor­ton said the Grampians Re­gional Abo­rig­i­nal Jus­tice Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee drove the project.

Other or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in de­vel­op­ing the pro­to­cols in­clude Wim­mera Unit­ing Care, Grampians Com­mu­nity Health, Grampians In­dige­nous Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Re­gional Ac­tion Group, Barengi Gad­jin Land Coun­cil and the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices.

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