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AASW applauds government's new family violence strategy

Published: 13 August 2015

Today’s announcement of the government’s plans to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the complex issue of family violence is being applauded by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

With the newly appointed head of Social Work at the University of Tasmania, Professor Bob Pease, the AASW says it is pleased with the whole of Government approach of the Respect Relationships program because family violence is not just an issue for the courts, police or emergency housing.

As a founding member of ‘Men against Sexual Assault’, Professor Pease has published extensively on family violence related matters.

He says a genuine program to reduce family violence should provide a system to respond and keep people safe. “It should also address the perpetrator through the law,” Professor Pease said.

“I am particularly pleased with the government’s plans with the Respect Relationships program to address attitudes amongst men in society, starting with boys in school.”

Professor Pease says while the program – aimed at years K-12 – is a great initiative, it will need to be maintained over many years to ensure the results are long lasting.

“Constant evaluation and review will ensure the program remains fresh and effective. Such programs also need secure long-term funding commitments to ensure a genuine change process,” said Professor Pease.

In September, the Australian Association of Social Workers will host a forum at which Professor Bob Pease will discuss the important role played by professional social workers in initiatives that address family violence.

The AASW represents over 9,000 professional social workers from around Australia, many of whom work on the front line of family violence.

To arrange an interview with Professor Bob Pease, please contact:

Emma Pegrum
Media and Marketing Manager
P 02 6199 5011 M 0408 200 191

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