Project Description

Fast Facts

Domestic Violence

Our whole of family approach seeks to end family & domestic violence through the provision of:

  • Housing accommodation for women & children
  • Men’s Behaviour Change Programs
  • Counselling and group support programs
  • No interest loans for women
women & children received housing accommodation
men completed the Men’s Behaviour Change Program
No Interest Loans for Women
women participated in group support programs

Highlights From The Year

The Halo Ball

Our inaugural Halo Ball was held in Sydney with over 400 guests, and successfully raised awareness and $70,000 for women and children who are victims of domestic and family violence.

The Ball was co-hosted with the Tara Costigan Foundation, who BaptistCare partnered with in 2015 following the brutal murder of Tara Costigan, who was a valued employee of BaptistCare in Canberra. Tara was holding her five day old baby when she was killed by her former partner.

The event featured the personal story of BaptistCare’s client, Leanne, as well as entertainment from pop group Justice Crew, the NSW Police Rock Band, comedian Vince Sorrenti and Newtown High School of Performing Arts.

Can A Violent Man Change?

Our Men’s Behaviour Change programs were two of four pilot programs to receive funds from the NSW Government under a $5.28 million package for community-based behaviour change programs.

The program helps men who use coercive, controlling and oppressive behaviours in family relationships, and complements our whole of family approach to ending domestic and family violence.

We’ve been delivering this program for 22 years and are well placed to help men learn to choose non-violence in their family relationships.

Helping Children To Break Free

As we continue on our journey of building safer families, it is vital that we stop the cycle of domestic and family violence being perpetuated into the next generation.

Research informs us of the devastating effects that violence and abuse has on a child well into their future, and we acknowledge children can often be the forgotten victims.

Our Break Free program provides effective early intervention for primary school aged children who have experienced domestic and family violence. Created to run hand in hand with our Domestic Violence Accommodation Support work, the program teaches children about family violence, how to deal with feelings – particularly anger, and the importance of healthy relationships.

The program also engages specialists including an Art Therapist, as well as creative projects, games, and activities such as kicking a ball around with a positive male role model.

Australia’s First National Family Violence Summit

As the sponsor of the inaugural National Family Violence Summit held in Canberra during March, BaptistCare joined with the Tara Costigan Foundation, frontline providers, peak bodies, experts and survivors to call for a unified approach to ending the domestic and family violence crisis in Australia.

A number of BaptistCare’s domestic and family violence specialists presented during the Summit and participated on Summit panels. The Summit report, presented to the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister recommended the establishment of a National Commission for Family Inclusion and Safety.

To coincide with the Summit, we also launched our domestic and family violence film series, as reported on by The Huffington Post Australia, which features real faces, situations and stories to the family violence crisis as told by BaptistCare clients and DV specialists.

White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

As part of our commitment to ending violence against women, BaptistCare (Support Services & Community Services) was accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace in June, after 18 months of significant work from both of these areas of our organisation.

The accreditation is not just a rubber stamp that we care about ending domestic and family violence, but it is affirmation that we have demonstrated effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, HR policy development and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

A Domestic & Family Violence (DFV) Working Group will be formed to contribute to and direct BaptistCare’s internal focus on this important topic and progress the accreditation journey across the whole organisation.

Related Stories

Leanne’s Story

Leanne left the abuse, and that night she was homeless.

Our Whole Of Family Approach

In Australia, we have a culture that violence is ok. It’s time we take a good look at our attitudes and beliefs about gender and about power .

Mary’s Story

Mary survived the abuse to prove to her children that a mother’s love cannot be destroyed.

Anike’s Story

Mary survived the abuse to prove to her children that a mother’s love cannot be destroyed.