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Pilbara Family and Domestic Violence Network launches the Vital Change programs

The Pilbara Family and Domestic Violence Network is launching its new series of Vital Change programs aimed at tackling the causes and effects of family and domestic violence.

The programs will be launched on 25 November to mark the beginning of ‘16 Days in WA’, a campaign to stop violence against women which runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, which is Human Rights Day.

The Vital Change programs will initially run for 12 months as a result of generous funding from BHP.

The Pilbara Family and Domestic Violence Network (PFDVN) is a consortium of stakeholders, including government agencies, not-for-profit groups, service organisations, community members and State peak bodies from across the Pilbara. It is led by the Pilbara Manager of the WA Council of Social Service and supported by Hedland Collective and Newman Futures.

The role of the PFDVN is to provide strategic direction and leadership through collaboration across sectors with a goal to eradicate family and domestic violence in the Pilbara. This is done by co-designing place-based solutions with local services, driven by a strong evidence base to intervene early in order to address the underlying causes and support critical responses.

The Vital Change programs consist of three major projects:

  • Stronger and Safer Communities and Families for the Pilbara – led by the WA Centre for Rural Health, this is a primary prevention strategy to be developed alongside community and tailored to the diverse Pilbara needs.
  • Hedland Residential Behaviour Change Program – led by Communicare, this is a residential facility in South Hedland for people who use violence and have been given a police order. The aim is to remove the person who uses violence to ensure the family can remain safe in their home.
  • Trauma-informed training to be delivered in 2021 across multiple Pilbara locations, facilitated by The Seedling Group. Trauma-informed practice is integral to understanding the underlying causes of FDV as well as other social problems, such as alcohol and drug use and mental ill-health.

“This is the start of a highly collaborative process that brings together stakeholders from across the Pilbara,” Ms Stephens said.

“We want to address the underlying causes of family and domestic violence with sustainable solutions.”

“It’s an exciting process that we hope will see tangible outcomes for the broader community and stakeholders.”