The F.O.C.U.S Awards are a celebration of the work delivered in the Domestic and Aboriginal family violence and homelessness sector. The awards are open to everyone that works in the Sector or works with individuals or family that are experiencing domestic violence or homelessness. These awards are in the 3rd year and KWY hopes that they will continue to provide recognition to the incredible workers and organisations that do incredibly difficult work. We hope that the sector continues to support these award’s as they have in the past. KWY would like to congratulate all nominee for their amazing work.
The winners of the Flame of Change Unifying Support (F.O.C.U.S.) Gala Dinner & Awards awards for 2016:
The F.O.C.U.S Award for outstanding achievement by an individual: Wayne Campbell. Wayne works across three primary school sites Brighton, Forbes, and Clovelly Park as the Aboriginal Community Education Officer. He has been a proud dedicated advocate for the children in schools for over 15 years. Wayne is a strong advocate for school attendance amongst indigenous children. He is proactive in contacting our service if there are any concerns regarding children and their families
The Northern Regional Aboriginal Family Violence Service (Nunga MiMinar Inc.) provides culturally respectful supported accommodation and related support services to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children who are experiencing family violence.
Uniting Care Wesley Country SA (UCWCSA) has been innovative in its approach to working in the domestic violence field by supporting men to take responsibility for their violence. The Agency has invested time and resources into this field as a means of keeping women and children safe and is a leader in this field within South Australia.
South Adelaide football club has shown commitment to stopping DV, The club over the past few years has participated in White Ribbon Rounds and has had all of its senior footballers and under 18 teams put through a short seminar on domestic violence.
The Riding Free of DV campaign aims to promote Ivan Phillips’ 15,000 km solo motorcycle ride around Australia to raise awareness for the White Ribbon campaign, promote support services available and the impacts that domestic violence has on families.
In 2007, Ivan’s step-daughter Tash was brutally murdered as a result of sustained domestic violence attacks. Tash left behind a beautiful young son Josh and a grieving family.
After two years of court proceedings, the offender was incarcerated for 30 years. But not long after Ivan also lost his wife and Tash’s mother, Di, to cancer.
Since then, Ivan has fought on, vowing to keep Tash and Di’s memory alive and raise awareness for the impacts that DV has on families.
Graeme Pearce has worked tirelessly for the past 10 yrs promoting supporting Indigenous communities in WA SA and the NT central Australia, the importance of respectful relationships and to bring awareness that domestic violence is a curse within communities, the destructive wake it leaves behind. With the highly qualified and inspiring team, they spend 4 weeks living in a community delivering their program. In the past 10 yrs approx. 660 men have been seen by Cross borders programs, an average of 66 men per year. Funding has been an ongoing battle not as harsh as the woman and children who have experienced the violence at the hands of the ones who are supposed to love them.
Cross Borders is vital to the APY lands for the safety of the woman and children, without the tremendous team and a dedicated CEO more woman and children would inevitably die at the hands of perpetrator’s for 10 yrs of blood sweat and tears literally speaking this needs to be