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Projects

The Centre for Women's Safety and Wellbeing deliver a diverse range of projects. We continue to facilitate a number of projects that are part of the Women's Council legacy, along with developing a growing portfolio of new projects.

Information about our projects will be regularly shared in our e-newsletter, sector emails and social media.

For more information about any of our projects please contact 08 9420 7262 or info@cwsw.org.au

Brokerage projects

The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing facilitates the disbursement of funds for a range of projects that aim to increase the safety and wellbeing of people experiencing domestic and family violence. Please see the project information below for eligibility criteria and available funding. 

The Centre is no longer a distributor of mobile phones through the Safe Connections Project. Read more information about the current Safe Connections Project here.

Funds for Freedom is a grants program available to women’s refuges and family and domestic outreach services in Western Australia. 

Established in 2011, the program assists women that are escaping family and domestic violence to establish a new home for themselves and their children by enabling them to purchase essential items such as white goods.  Funds for Freedom aims to reduce the financial stress for women and give them a sense of economic independence. 

The purpose of the initiative is to support the safety and independence of women and their children in the Western Australian community. 

Women Without Income Grants provide financial assistance to women within refuges on temporary visas who are ineligible for government assistance and have no income.  

The purpose of these grants is to provide brokerage funding to ensure women without income can continue to access support services, to reduce the number of women without income facing barriers to accessing women’s refuges and to ensure that women and children seeking support due to family and domestic violence receive a fair and equitable response. 

The level of financial support provided through the Women Without Income Grants is a minimum amount and targeted to specifically assisting with food, medical and school costs.  

The Changing Gears: Women Behind the Wheel project aims to assist women who have experienced domestic and family violence to build their independence and develop the skills and confidence needed to gain a driving licence by providing financial support for subsidised driving lessons and other supports for women exiting refuge.

During the initial 12-month pilot phase (beginning November 2021) Changing Gears grants will be available for eligible women who are currently accommodated in a refuge or have recently exited a refuge (within a three-month period) and are engaged with outreach services. Grants are available to fund a range of activities that are necessary to support the skills development and attainment of a driving licence.

Grants are available for women across Western Australia. In the unlikely event the project is oversubscribed, applications will be assessed, and priority given to Aboriginal women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and women in regional and remote locations. Grant applications are to be completed and submitted by refuge services who are engaged with eligible women.

Please refer to the Grant Guidelines for further information.

     Grant Guidelines

     Application form

     Reporting and evaluation template

Sector development projects

The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing delivers projects to support sector development and engagement and system reform to improve women’s safety and justice, health and wellbeing.  

Women’s Safety Dashboard 

The Women’s Safety Dashboard is a scalable tool increasing the accessibility of reliable quantitative data to support evidence-based decisions in the planning and development of responses to meet the needs of women and children at risk. The dashboard will support planners and decision makers to monitor changes and variances on a range of women’s safety indications and enable comparison between LGA’s, regions and the State. It will also mean that current data on violence against women is more visible and accessible. 

Qualitative Snapshots

The snapshots will be brief iterative reports disseminated on a regular basis to capture and convey how COVID-19 and the social recovery is impacting on the safety of women and children and service delivery in WA. We are working with the specialist family and domestic violence sector and a range of other services to gather data. 

This research initiative will collect and analyse research, focusing on best practice methodologies within the family and domestic violence field during the Covid-19 pandemic and recovery periods.  

The purpose of analysing the relevant research is to influence practice, shape policy, intervention models and service system reforms to improve outcomes for women and children impacted by family and domestic violence. Workshops will be delivered to support the take up of the evidence in practice. 

The Service Capability Review Project is a collaborative workforce development project between peak bodies in the domestic and family violence sector, the Centre for Women’s Safety (CWSW) and Wellbeing and Stopping Family Violence (SFV), and the peak body for the alcohol and other drug sector, the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA). 

The project will also engage with other key stakeholders including other peaks as well as service users and service workers to ensure co-design, applicability, and sustainability.  

The project and ‘Service Capability Review Tool’ will focus on organisational and sustainable workforce development across the domestic and family violence and alcohol and other drug sectors, including the review of systems, policies, processes, culture and staff capability to develop practices and facilitate improved service and community outcomes. 

The project builds on a cross-sector exploratory project that identified a strategic path towards an integrated approach to address domestic and family violence and increase the safety of women and children. 

Using the changes to the Family Violence Legislation Reform Bill 2019 as a basis for the development of non-fatal strangulation educational resources for the Perth metropolitan Aboriginal population, the project will include:

Engagement: Engage Aboriginal stakeholders/service providers/consumers in discussions about non-fatal strangulation (4 half day workshops and 1:1 interviews).

Formulation: Identify through feedback from community forums the most effective and appropriate means for developing and disseminating non-fatal strangulation educational and preventative resources to Aboriginal people.

Development: Develop a suite of non-fatal strangulation educational and preventative resources targeting Aboriginal girls, women, and men living in the Perth metropolitan area.

Delivery: Recommend and develop a framework for dissemination of non-fatal strangulation educational and preventative resources targeting Aboriginal girls, women, and men living in the Perth metropolitan area.

Community projects

The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing works alongside individuals, organisations and the community to prevent violence against women, promote women’s health and advance gender equality. 

The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing’s Purple Bench Project supports the installations of a series of purple benches in public spaces to honour all victims who have lost their lives because of family and domestic violence. This initiative is supported by local government and members of parliament. 

The initiative first began in Nova Scotia, Canada where Purple Benches are located in public parks to honour the memory of women murdered by their partner and to provide important helplines for people experiencing family and domestic violence. They are known as Barb’s Benches and were launched in 2015 to mark the 25-year anniversary of the murder of Barb Ballie by her husband. 

The first bench in Western Australia was launched by the Hon. Simone McGurk, MLA – Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services and Dr Brad Pettit – Mayor, City of Fremantle in 2018. 

Please note the costs of the bench and the plaque are funded by the nominated organisation and not the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing. 

Purple Bench Registration Form

 

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