On 14 August, WCHM (in conjunction with our partner Domestic Violence Crisis Service) launched our report, Beyond Crisis – Working with Canberra’s professional firms and businesses to make safer choices easier for survivors of domestic violence. The launch was attended by participants from the project including the professional firms and businesses, and was launched by Kristen Henry, Breakfast radio host for MIX106.3 and a Champion for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service. The attendees also heard from Anne, the survivor of domestic violence whose stories are in the report.
The report describes the outcomes of the BEYOND CRISIS project, which focussed specifically on finding post crisis solutions for women and men who have reached a period of stability and are rebuilding their lives post-crisis –to find solutions to prevent women and men from returning to violent relationships and environments due to lack of support/assistance and to prevent their re-entry back into the crisis homelessness and/or family violence service system. We knew that many of the solutions for them lie with business and industry, and the project was successful in providing an opportunity to start conversations in Canberra between the community sector and business sector, to discuss the impacts of domestic violence, and to consider the vital role that businesses could play in identifying ACT wide opportunities and solutions.
The report lists several initiatives which have developed from the project, and a range of other ideas and actions which are still to be taken forward.