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Where Safety Begins Project














The City of Hume has the second-highest rate of family violence in the Melbourne metropolitan region, with more than 2,800 incidents of family violence occurring across households with children in 2020. Children exposed to violence are more likely to have difficulty in school, abuse drugs or alcohol, act aggressively, suffer from depression or other mental health problems and engage in criminal behaviour.  


Working with young people  in schools and other youth  contexts, the Where Safety Begins project will pilot a program to mitigate trauma arising from family violence and related social issues and enhance resilience, safety and wellbeing among young people aged 10 - 14. Through fun and interactive best practice tools, young people will be able to identify their needs, build upon personal strengths,  engage with trusted supports and self-advocate when it comes to decisions that impact their lives. The project aims to build their capacity to manage emotions, implement self-care strategies and gain a sense of control in situations where they have typically felt powerless. 

For further information contact Tania McKenna at 

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Begins project
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