Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    Report shows way forward to protect violence victims

    19/09/2007 2:33 PM
     
    19/9/07

    A comprehensive report launched today examines the way service providers handle family and domestic violence cases in Western Australia.

    Communities Minister Sue Ellery welcomed the findings of the Western Australian Safety and Accountability Audit of the Armadale Domestic Violence Intervention Project (ADVIP), with the recommendations to be used to improve the responses of service providers across the State.

    “This audit report is the first of its kind in Australia, which scrutinises the work of several government and non-government agencies involved in the complex issue of domestic violence,” Ms Ellery said.

    “One family could have several service providers helping with their situation, including child protection workers, police, nurses and counsellors, and this report gives a warts and all look at how these local agencies work together.”

    The audit was conducted by ADVIP in partnership with the Family and Domestic Violence Unit and Dr Ellen Pence from the United States, a world leader in preventing domestic violence.

    Dr Pence said she was optimistic about WA’s capacity for change and that the audit had identified WA’s excellent position to lead the world in domestic violence responses.

    “The agencies and individuals involved are highly skilled and experienced professionals who care tremendously about what they do and the people they help.

    “The systemic and cultural environment in which they work is one of the most important factors in the outcomes for victims and perpetrators, and these policies and practices are exactly what the audit aimed to shed light on.”

    The Minister said the audit report outlines five key areas for improvement and provides recommendations on how to move towards creating a system and culture which increases victim safety and perpetrator accountability.

    “The report will be instrumental in identifying a way forward for government and non-government agencies in the way we currently respond to child protection and domestic violence cases,” she said.

    The Western Australian Safety and Accountability Audit of the Armadale Domestic Violence Intervention Project is available online at http://www.domesticviolence.wa.gov.au

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