Rotary SAFE Families works closely with EDVOS over 7 large municipalities in greater Melbourne. (1.3 million people) Please promote this fantastic resource for children via your Club website and Newsletter.
Hope was written to provide children in family violence homes with a sense of hope and to lessen the traumatic effects of their living situations. It aims to help children voice their concerns and their fears, and to express these with an adult or adults they trust such as a family member, teacher, carer or the police. Too often children in these environments blame themselves for the violence in their homes and take on the burden of shame and guilt. This book aims to reassure children that family violence is never ever their fault and that there is also hope that things might change.
Hope was developed with the assistance of EDVOS (Eastern Domestic Violence Service) and Anglicare Victoria to support adults on how to provide a safe and supportive response when children share their experiences of family violence. The book emphasises that children are never to blame for family violence and that the accountability lies with the person choosing to use violence.
BOOK PURCHASE LINK: https://www.levelplayground.
“EDVOS is the lead specialist family violence organisation in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. Their prevention work extends throughout Australia and is guided by a National evidence-based framework and approach in preventing violence against women. By working collaboratively with stakeholders, community groups and other organisations, together they can address gender inequality, the underlying cause of violence against women, and change the social conditions that excuse, justify or promote violence against women and children in our community.
Their specialist family violence integrated response, supports and recovery services are mostly directed towards women, their children, pets and other animals, who are responding to any form of family violence. EDVOS is committed to assisting all people, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and ability within our community and can also provide access to other family violence services that are most suitable to the individual’s unique needs and goals.