Bethany Community Support is delighted to have been announced as the beneficiary of a major capital grant from Adroit Insurance Group and the Geelong Community Foundation. The $100,000 grant will be derived from proceeds from the Adroit Golf Day, to be held on 23 November at 13th Beach Golf Club in Barwon Heads.
Adroit received 21 applications for the grant and, ably supported by the Geelong Community Foundation’s Grants Committee, undertook a robust grant review and interview process resulting in the grant being awarded to Bethany Community Support. The grant will be used to enhance Bethany’s family violence services with the development of a Men’s Centre.
The development of the Men’s Centre in Geelong will play an important role in addressing the issue of family violence in the local community, and will fill a current gap in the community response to family violence, in particular in services available for men who perpetrate violence or who are at risk of perpetrating violence.
The Men’s Centre will provide a multi-disciplinary response to the issue, by providing a suite of services for local men – both in the prevention and response to – family violence. Bethany has a bold vision for a service informed by cutting-edge research, which will provide men the opportunity to access services ranging from Men’s Behaviour Change programs to counselling, GP services, fathering programs and mental health assessment and treatment.
It is known that men who use violence often present with a complex array of factors which enforce (not cause) their decision to use violence. The Men’s Centre will provide men the opportunity to receive a tailored response to address his decision to use violence as well as to address any re-enforcing factors, such as alcohol and drug use, poor mental health, housing instability or homelessness, unemployment, disability, problem gambling, and so forth.
This is a highly innovative project which aims to provide ongoing benefits to the local community including employment and training opportunities, as well as contributing to a reduction in incidences of family violence. The Centre will be the first of its kind in Victoria.
The development of plans for the Centre are now underway, and are being strongly informed by current and emerging research and successful practice. An appropriate site for the Centre is currently being investigated, with an announcement is expected to be made later this year.
Bethany Community Support is extremely grateful to Adroit and Geelong Community Foundation for their support of this innovative project, and look forward to working with both organisations.