Take the First Step - Mitchell Shire
With funding provided by the Victorian Law Foundation, the Mitchell Shire Peer Education Program will work with local women in Mitchell Shire and train them to become leaders who can help prevent family violence in the community.
Mitchell Shire has some of the highest rates of family violence incidents and child protection reports in Victoria, with many families experiencing isolation as infrastructure fails to keep up with population growth. This innovative project will provide a grassroots response by encouraging local women to create a network of support using community-led engagement strategies. The peer education training will allow the women to learn more about the causes of family violence and how to respond to and support someone experiencing family violence, including where they can go for help. This project recognises that reaching isolated women in the places where they feel safest with accurate information regarding support options is often the first step towards safety for themselves and their children.