In 2012 I was delighted to work with Women’s Health Goulburn North East to evaluate the Bsafe Program. Bsafe had been comprehensively evaluated before and was found to be a highly effective model for keeping women and children safe in their own homes via the use of a personal alarm system. The Program is much more than just an alarm system – it is a terrific example of an effective coordinated community response to domestic violence in a rural area. I interviewed a small number of women to confirm that Bsafe was continuing to provide the same level of safety and security as it always had. However the Program was (and still is) facing closure due to lack of ongoing State Government funding so part of my brief was to develop a Business Case for further funding. The Business Case was released to the State Government in February 2013, and to date the Bsafe team are still awaiting a response. Click here to go to Women’s Health Goulburn North East’s website to find out more about Bsafe and to access the full report. You can even donate to the organization to help keep Bsafe going in the north east of Victoria.
While you are on the WHGNE website check out the Trauma and Young Children Project and the huge array of fabulous resources freely available to educators and others working with young children affected by trauma (usually as a result of exposure to family violence). I evaluated this project last year and the report is available at the top of the page.