Media Release: New alliance boosts specialist family violence response in Melbourne’s east
18th August 2016
Four specialist family violence organisations are uniting in Melbourne’s east to improve services for women and children in need.
The new Eastern Specialist Family Violence Alliance includes Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS), Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS), Kara House and Women’s Liberation Halfway House (WLHH). The agencies will work together to strengthen their individual and collective impact.
“Our partnership will improve support for women and children as we further streamline referrals between agencies, utilise and share resources, and collaborate to respond to new and emerging opportunities,” said EDVOS CEO, Jenny Jackson.
“We will also enhance service quality and cultural sensitivity through appropriate professional development across agencies.”
Kara House and WLHH are two key women’s refuge organisations in the eastern region.
“Their involvement in the alliance will help improve access to safe accommodation options for women who want to leave abusive relationships and ensure protection for themselves and their children,” said Jenny.
“We know that a disproportionate number of Aboriginal families experience family violence, and with BWAHS as a partner organisation, access to services will improve for Aboriginal women and children in need of urgent support and accommodation.”
Member for the Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane praised the partnership: “Alliances such as the Eastern Specialist Family Violence Alliance provide an excellent platform for further enhancing service responses for women and children impacted by family violence. It is pleasing to see this particular alliance being formed given the skills, reputation and specialist expertise the four organisations hold.”
As the specialist family violence service for the eastern region, EDVOS has seen an unprecedented rise in the reporting of family violence through the work they do with police, the legal system and the community.
“We welcome the major reforms of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. We recognise that specialised agencies like ours need to work together to develop and implement new ways of achieving positive outcomes for women and children, and continue our focus on perpetrator accountability,” said Jenny.
“Together, we share impressive skills and experience in family violence response: each agency is like-minded, has a unique area of specialty and holds each other’s capability in high regard.
“Our allied effort will build on this foundation to address the increasing, urgent need for services.”
Media enquiries: Jenny Jackson (CEO, EDVOS) on 9259 4200 / email@example.com