POLICE have chosen Ballarat to launch a new project aimed at strengthening police response to incidents of family violence in Aboriginal communities.
The Koori Family Violence Police Protocols (KFVPP) project is a partnership between Victoria Police, the Department of Justice, the Department of Human Services and the Aboriginal community.
The protocols outline key steps to be taken by police when responding to an incident of family violence in the Aboriginal community.
Ballarat police Superintendent Andrew Allen said the need for strengthening the police response to family violence in Aboriginal communities had been identified in a number of forums and had been prioritised in several government documents.
“Anyone reporting family violence can expect to see a strengthened response from police when contacting them for assistance in relation to an incident," he said.
"The protocols are aimed at a holistic and improved response to all parties including victims, children and offenders."
Antoinette Braybrook, CEO of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service, said the protocols will build on the strong working partnerships between police, local Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal family violence networks and services.
“Family violence crosses all boundaries and affects all communities,” she said.
“Part of the project is raising awareness of service providers and police about Aboriginal culture and building trust between community and police.”
The Koori Family Violence Police Protocols will be launched today from 2pm at The Cultural Education Centre, 407 Main Road, Ballarat.