Ending The Cycle Project


In February 2016 the Foundation was successful is securing funding through the Building Safer Communities for Women and Children Grants, for a two year project to increase community awareness and responses to young people at high risk of involvement in domestic violence in adulthood.

Research from the 2012 Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey, and Australian Institute of Criminology showed that, since the age of 15:

  • 1 in 6 Australian women and 1 in 19 Australian men had experienced physical or sexual violence from a current partner
  • 1 in 4 Australian women and 1 in 7 Australian men had experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner

The focus of our ‘Ending the Cycle’ project was to work with an advisory group of domestic violence support services, SA Police and Flinders University to develop a professional development session for community leaders who work on a regular basis with young people (coaches, trainers, teaching staff, mentors, etc), to educate them on:

  • what domestic violence is and what the leading causes area
  • what the impact of domestic violence is on young people
  • who is at risk
  • what are the warning signs
  • what they can do to help and what support is available
  • how community organisations can make a difference to reduce violence against women and their children.

Download a copy of our Ending the Cycle Research Paper for further information on the project.

There are also two versions of the professional development session available to download:

Our Watch created the video used in the presentation. It’s called Change the Story and can be download here.

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department for Social Services.