Community Educators deliver educational programs that:
1. Promote healthy and respectful relationships and positive lifestyle choices to empower individuals and communities.
2. Assist in recognising and responding to the harmful effects of family and domestic violence and sexual assault.
3. Teach the importance of safety with the focus on healthy behaviours and ‘that everyone has the right to feel safe all the time’.
The programs are facilitated to other service providers, businesses, schools, individuals, groups and the community.
The Community Educators also organise community events including the March Against Violence (MAV), which is held annually. The March is to raise awareness on the harmful effects of voilence, promote prevention programs and local service providers. To honour people who have died in the past 12 months from family and domestic violence related incidents and empower our community that we will “Not be Silent and Stand up against Violence”.
The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan)
The National Plan has a strong focus on stopping violence before it occurs in the first place, and on changing community attitudes around both gender equality and violence against women and their children, in order to effect long-term change. It also focuses on ensuring that services meet the needs of women and their children who have experienced violence and holding perpetrators to account, and improving the evidence base.
The statistics on violence against women in Australia are shocking. The 2012 Personal Safety Survey (PSS), conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that, since the age of 15, around one in three women in Australia has experienced physical violence, and almost one in five has experienced sexual violence. It also shows that an estimated 17 per cent of women in Australia have experienced violence by a partner. A 2013 Australian Institute of Criminology report shows that one woman is killed in Australia every week by a current or former partner. http://plan4womenssafety.dss.gov.au/the-national-plan/
CSSI Community Educators deliver violence prevention educational programs into schools. The integration of these programs into the school curriculum will have longer term social, healthy, education and economic sustainable impacts. The CSSI programs align with the National Plan for Australia which includes, but not limited to:
National Outcome 1 – Communities are safe and free from violence
o Strategy 1.2: Focus on primary prevention
o Strategy 1.2 Promote community involvement
o Strategy 1.3 Advance Gender Equality
National Plan – National Outcome 2 – Relationship are Respectful
o Strategy 2.1 Build on young people’s capacity to develop respectful relationship (p.18)