A MAYLANDS crime support organisation will launch a new program in a bid to lower women and young people from reoffending in 2018.
Angelhands, based at The Rise, received grants from Lotterywest ($44,587), Department of the Attorney General’s Office ($93,800) and Minderoo ($10,183) while providing $45,159 from its own funds to form the Gateway pilot project.
The project will prioritise culturally and linguistically diverse participants and aims to help them to master trauma symptoms, reduce social isolation, maintain a sense of belonging and achieve good health and wellbeing.
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker also provided $23,000 towards Angelhands’ CREW program, which used art to help people deal with their post traumatic stress disorder, through the State Government’s Local Project Local Jobs funding program earlier this year.
Angelhands Gateway project co-ordinator Kathy Csaba said the program looked at the correlation between risky behaviours and trauma.
“During the 10-week program, people will learn how to identify what are the issues they need to work on and make good life decisions,” she said.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said saving trauma in the long term would save money spent on keeping people in jail.
“I think we can always improve relations between local police and crime prevention officers but police are more than anyone aware of the value of prevention,” she said.
“If we can keep people out of prison, if we can keep people healthy and well and not harming themselves or anyone else, it is just such a brilliant outcome.”
Bayswater Police officer-in-charge John Waghorn said there had been a 9 per cent increase in domestic violence reports over the past 12 months.
“As an agency, I think we have come a long way and I think we are a lot more tuned to look after the victim,” he said,
“Sometimes, there is a silver lining to the spike in reported offences because it shows victims of domestic violence are keener to report police whether as two years ago they might not.”