The Salvation Army Westcare, in collaboration with The Salvation Army Crossroads, will be able to further support children and young people affected by family violence thanks to a 23 million funding announcement by the Victorian Government.
The funding from the Victorian Government will deliver 26 projects focused on tackling family violence, including Crossroads & Westcare’s REPAIR program. The REPAIR program will provide children and young people who have experienced the trauma of family violence with a range of therapeutic interventions tailored to the recovery needs of the individual.
Senior Manager Practice, Planning and Training Andrea Clements said the program will incorporate narrative therapeutic interventions, including trauma-informed counseling and therapeutic case management, and non-narrative modalities such as art and animal therapy.
“So many of our traumatised children and young people don’t respond well to traditional cognitive based therapies until they feel safe and regulated. Utilising non-narrative based interventions within a safe environment will help in their trauma recovery journey”.
The program will be implemented across the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne and is expected to assist up to 80 children, young people and families, including those in continuing care, children and young people who are placed in Out of Home Care for the first time and those who accompany women in a family violence refuge.
“I am delighted that Westcare can further provide indivisualised therapeutic services to vulnerable children, and families and support their recovery from the trauma of family violence" Andrea said.
These new pilot projects, like REPAIR, support recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence to prioritise funding for therapeutic interventions. The Andrews Labor Government is implementing all 227 of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.
Crossroads General Manager, Robyn Roberts commended the government’s funding announcement and their commitment to family violence reform.
“We are delighted to be working with Westcare to deliver the REPAIR program and applaud the government for providing this funding, which will allow us to play an integral role in the trauma recovery of children and families affected by family violence”.