Saturday, 18 August 2007

Women and children in Fremantle will benefit from a new agreement to combat family and domestic violence: Minister

WA Communities Minister Sue Ellery yesterday launched the Family and Domestic Violence Alliance, Fremantle (FADVA Fremantle) Inter-Agency Protocol, which supports a new way of working to help both victims and perpetrators of violence in the home.

“The alliance aims to better support victims and increase the accountability of perpetrators by bringing together the expertise, experience and resources from different agencies working in this complex area,” Ms Ellery said.

“The focus on interagency co-operation will ensure that safety and response standards are maintained and provided consistently across the area.

“The FADVA Fremantle model will strengthen the links between Government and non-government agencies so that they can work together to provide support, advocacy and legal assistance to people affected by domestic violence.”

FADVA Fremantle is one of the first models to be developed as part of the State Government’s commitment of more than $940,000 a year for co-ordinated responses to domestic violence.

Fremantle Mayor Peter Tagliaferri said the City of Fremantle was committed to providing and improving services to combat family and domestic violence.

“We have been the service provider for the Warrawee Women’s Refuge for more than 35 years and for the Fremantle Community Legal and Advocacy Centre since 1993,” Mr Tagliaferri said.

“In addition, we have given ongoing support to the creation of this Family and Domestic Violence Alliance since the inception of the Regional Domestic Violence Committees in 1997.

“We now look forward to providing ongoing support to cement a strong partnership between the agencies that form the alliance, with the ultimate aim of improving the safety of women and children who are at risk.”

Source: Ministerial Media Release

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