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Wycheproof Unites Against Family Violence

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Wycheproof Community Rescource Centre (WCRC) will receive $50,000 towards their new project ‘A Mount of Prevention – Wycheproof Community Partnering to Stop Family Violence’.

The Centre is one of 34 to receive a grant under the Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention Grants Program.

A part time project officer will be employed with the funding to coordinate the project and liaise with community groups from around the region.

“The grant will also provide funding for events and speakers over the next 12 months,” WCRC president Ann Durie said, emphasising the aim of the project – to increase awareness of family violence against women and to empower resident to prevent violence or bullying of any kind.

“We will establish new partnerships with family violence and sexual assault networks and work with clubs and organisations to host speakers and events.

“This will provide opportunities for the community to develop a new attitude towards women and people who are vulnerable in the community,” she said.

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson commented on the importance of the project for the local community.

“We know communities working together have the greatest impact on reducing family violence and violence against women – that’s why we’re investing in these partnerships,” she said.

WCRC received great support in its submission from more than a dozen local groups, service clubs and sports clubs.

“We thank Bronwyn Hogan and Eden Templeton from Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership, Jessie Holmes, Barry McKenzie and Cr Ellen White from Buloke Shire Council, Christine McKersie of Wycheproof P-12 College and Tricia Currie of Women’s Health Loddon Mallee who all provided advice in drafting our application and will be partners in this endeavour,” Ms Durie said.

July 25 will be the first community session held by the WCRC, for Identifying Family Violence training with Mallee Sexual Assault Unit – Mallee Domestic Violence Service.

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