WCC Annual Report 2014-15 - Page 24

special projects Over the past five years the number of family violence incidents reported to police in Whittlesea has nearly doubled. In 2014-15 WCC saw 379 clients experiencing FV. WCC has responded to this increase in request for support by making a submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence and initiating two family violence prevention projects. WCFVP The Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence Project continues to support real change in reducing and preventing family violence in Whittlesea. Led by a project worker funded through WCC, project partners include The Salvation Army Crossroads, InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, City of Whittlesea, Kildonan UnitingCare, Berry Street, Whittlesea Community Futures, Plenty Valley Community Health, and Victoria Police. HAMDEL Preventing Violence Against Women in Partnership with Whittlesea’s Iranian Community Brother: I realized…Maybe there was some opportunity I have taken from my sister… Now I think- she has rights, she can think, she can do what she wants… This year saw the successful delivery of the Hamdel Project, a 12-month prevention of violence against women pilot project funded by national organisation Our Watch and the State Government. WCC partnered with The Salvation Army Crossroads and Women’s Health In the North to work alongside Whittlesea’s newly arrived Iranian community to design and deliver activities aimed at promoting respectful, gender equitable relationships and preventing violence before it occurs. Evaluation from the project has contributed to the development of a national toolkit for working with communities to prevent violence against women. Sister: Before he was really angry and we couldn’t talk to him…Now he is much friendlier and he tells us that he loves us. “ “ Before I thought FV was private and now I know it isn’t. It is my responsibility to care Project participant This information is so important for everybody to know. Afterwards, we discuss it with our family and fri [