Family violence prevention
Freedom from violence was identified as a strategic priority in the 2013-2017 strategic plan and the Family Violence Working Group (FVWG) formed in March 2014 to address this priority. The working group set themselves the goal to contribute to the prevention of family violence in the catchment area with the following objectives:
- To increase the capacity of partner organisations to prevent family violence
- Increase awareness of family violence in the community
The development of a Statement of Commitment was seen as a practical way to assist partner organisations to increase their capacity to prevent family violence. By developing a standard statement outlining an organisational commitment to principles and actions, SMPCP have enhanced partner organisation’s ability commit to prevention strategies.
Statement of Commitment
The SMPCP Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children Statement of Commitment was developed by the FVWG in response to identified strategic priorities. In signing the document, an organisation acknowledges and commits to providing leadership in preventing violence against women and their children in order to create a safe, inclusive and respectful community.
The principles address concepts of:
- Gender equity
- Community responsibility in prevention
- Human rights
- Awareness initiatives
- Whole of community approaches
- Provision of inclusive and equitable working environment