Kempsey Families Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of specialist services for women, children, young people, families /caregivers and men.
The Fixed Address program is being delivered in partnership with Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Cooperative and Liberty Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services, known as the Mid North Coast Consortium (MNCC). The MNCC has partnered with Community Housing Limited (CHL) for this project. Kempsey Families Inc. are the lead organisation for Fixed Address.
Fixed Address is a project funded by Women NSW through the Innovation Funding Round Two. The project is a targeted program for men who have used domestic or family violence in their present or past relationships. These men will be, or are at risk of exclusion from the family home due to their violence.
The Fixed Address program explores new ways to engage men in respectful, targeted ways that aim to decrease the risk to women and children, and reduce the burden on the homelessness sector. Fixed Address involves prevention work, earlier interventions and a crisis response. It will provide the link to case management, transitional housing and offer a multitude of access points to support services that we know men require on their journey to non- violence. Through earlier interventions we can respond in innovative ways to cases of violence, while also reducing longer term recurrence by intervening and engaging to change perpetrator behaviour.
The Fixed Address program addresses the aims of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for reform 2016-21 of holding perpetrators accountable, reducing ADVO breaches, expanding men’s behaviour change interventions and providing accommodation for perpetrators to reduce immediate reoffending.
Men seeking to change their violent behaviour can access the program directly, be referred by external agencies, court processes, partners or family.
While the MNCC has worked together on the men’s behaviour change pilot for over 3 years this new program has formalised a partnership with Community Housing Limited to provide the housing for the four sites across the coast. This is a new and exciting partnership and we welcome the expertise of Community Housing Limited in the area of housing. The uptake by Community Housing Limited in this innovative model we believe, has the potential to be applied across a range of locations, communities and settings and we will look to the evaluations to support this.
The Fixed Address program will be delivered in Kempsey, Nambucca Valley, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
A locally-developed initiative to reduce domestic violence across the Mid North Coast has received a $1.5 million grant from the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund, announced by NSW Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward today.