New study reviews Local Government approaches to domestic violence

A new study has reviewed what five local councils around the country are doing to prevent domestic and family violence, and offers suggestions for councils and others who are working to address the national problem.

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) reviewed the Local Government domestic and family violence prevention toolkit, which was developed by consultancy Palladium and funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services. ALGA and all state and territory Local Government Associations were part of a working group that created the document.

The five participating local government authorities were City of Charles Sturt (SA), Latrobe City Council (VIC), Mackay Regional Council (QLD), the City of Mandurah (WA), and the City of Parramatta (NSW).

“The volume is intended for domestic and family violence prevention practitioners in local government and other community services,” say review authors Dr Paul Ninnes and Celeste Koens, both of ANROWS.

“It provides insights not only into domestic and family violence prevention work in the local government context, but also the use of action research as a means of integrating evaluation processes and continuous improvement into everyday domestic and family violence prevention work.”