The international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign begins annually from the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and finishes on the 10th December, Human Rights Day.
The 2017 FOCUS Awards went national, with nominations and interest from across Australia.
The Flame of Change Unifying Support (FOCUS) Awards and Gala dinner acknowledges and draws attention to the innovative work celebrating the outstanding individuals & organisations and their outstanding contribution and service to the Child Protection, Homelessness, Domestic and Family Violence sectors workforce across Australia. As organisations and individuals, we can unify our support, for families and communities that are affected by Child Protection, Homelessness, Domestic and Family Violence sectors.
The Flame was an integral symbol for KWY as it symbolises the candlelight vigils that support victims, survivors and families of domestic and Aboriginal family violence. Change is required in attitudes from men regarding gendered violence. Unifying Support is an important element carried out by organisations daily, who are working towards the same goal that is to ensure the safety of women and children in this country.
2017 AWARD WINNERS
SMALL TO MEDIUM ORGANISATION
Mibbinbah Spirit Healing
Mibbinbah Spirit Healing was created originally as a participatory program with the aim to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to regain their place in society. Their achievements have been outstanding work with La Trobe University, prostrate foundation, the research centre for Aboriginal health, beyond blue, Andrology Australia, and building strong healthy partnerships across Australia including partnerships with Pangaea Sydney, Bush Turkey productions Healing Foundation and the Lowitja Institute. They have also facilitated 9 national men’s gatherings, each held over 4 days at different locations in Australia with over 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men attending each event.
Supporting Young People Service
This organisation engages with the community’s most vulnerable young people. This program works with people from 15-30 who are experiencing violence and are homeless or at risk. Most of this organisation’s clients are women, and approximately one-third of clients are Aboriginal. This organisation is able to enrich the community by providing housing and supports and achieving positive outcomes in health, well being and community participation. The unique nature of this organisation is its long-term and intensive support. recognizing that it takes time for young people experiencing domestic and family violence to regain a sense of safety, well being and resilience.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Who Cares? We Care!
Formed in February 2017 and made up of volunteers from the community, educational and homelessness sectors, and anyone with a passion to address issues around children and homeless. The goal of Who Cares? We Care! is to raise awareness of the impact on children whilst homeless and advocate for funding to provide effective and needed supports for children and families before they become homeless. Their vision is to give children experiencing homelessness a voice and to end homelessness for children.
WHITE RIBBON AMBASSADOR FOCUS AWARD
Phil Hoff (SAPOL)
Phil Hoff has accomplished many things in his role as White Ribbon Ambassador. He has a long-term passion for addressing DV and this, in turn, drives his passion to be one of our most active Ambassadors. This passion allows him to frequently present at a wide range of community events. He has informally consulted on White Ribbon resource development, presented at many White Ribbon and community prevention events in his role as Ambassador across the state, including schools and White Ribbon workplaces. Facilitated several organisational relationships between White Ribbon and local organisations, including Surf Lifesaving SA and naturally marched and spoke at the Adelaide White Ribbon March on 25th November 2017.
THE ROSIE BATTY FOCUS AWARD
The winner of this award not only understands the importance of raising the awareness and the profile of domestic violence in Australia but also works tirelessly and has the determination that deserves this recognition. Arman Abrahimzadeh is a leader and a champion and in the darkness, that is domestic violence, they are a guiding light. Arman goes far above and beyond to create positive change, to support the survivors and remember the victims of domestic violence in Australia. Like Rosie, he too shows compassion and challenges us to rethink our world and ask us not to be complacent but to open our hearts and minds to say enough is enough. To end violence against women and Children.
Loretta has worked in the sector providing services to families experiencing homelessness and women fleeing domestic and family violence for a number of years. She has demonstrated outstanding leadership by providing support and services to the various Aboriginal communities in the Anangu, Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, lands north of Adelaide. Her ability to connect with the community in a culturally sensitive way is particularly evident when supporting women who are experiencing domestic and family violence and through trust and openness, has gained their respect and has been able to connect them with other services to provide a coordinated response.