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Zack Bryers

Year of Award: 2016 Award State: Australian Capital Territory Social Welfare > General
The Paul Tys Churchill Fellowship to investigate the "Cure Violence" approach to reducing violence within at risk communities - USA, Brazil
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Conclusions:

  • Cure Violence reduces violence by employing Role Models from at risk communities and empowering them to have a positive effect on their communities.
  • The reduction in violence is generated by the secure therapeutic relationships established by the Violence Interrupters. These relationships also allow for the introduction of Case Workers to their clients which begins the process of behaviour change.
  • The Cure Violence program has demonstrated huge success even without the support of the local governments, however to be truly successful Cure Violence is best utilized when there is whole of government support and when employed among a range of initiatives eg. Community policing, after school programs etc.
  • Employing Role Models from at risk communities and empowering them to have positive impacts on their communities could be utilized and trialled in relation to a number of issues that affect Australia eg. using the drug Ice, Domestic Violence, indigenous communities etc. where the emphasis is on establishing relationships before addressing issues.

Keywords: Gangs, trauma, violence, community, social

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