Mandurah, Peel service providers meet up to tackle youth violence in the home

Centre for Innovative Justice associate director Elena Campbell visited Mandurah on Tuesday to speak to local service providers and gather information as part of an inter-state research project on youth violence in the home. 

The initiative was part of the PIPA Project, an initiative funded by ANROWS and managed by the Centre for Innovative Justice in Victoria which hopes to explore how youth violence in the home is being dealt with across the country.

By analysing data from police, legal aid, government agencies, courts, and support services, the project hopes to shed some light on how youth violence is being handled and what needs to be addressed.

Ms Campbell visited WA to hold several focus groups with practitioners in Mandurah, Bunbury, Joondalup, Northbridge, Armadale and Geraldton in a bid to identify challenges and gaps in the provision of services.  

“Service providers are often doing the best they can with what they’ve got,” she said

“The two main goals of the project would be to gather data from the experience of service providers to identify gaps, and articulate a holistic response.”

Peel Youth Services family worker and youth violence expert Tanya Langford is one of two WA-based practitioners involved in the research project working closely with Ms Campbell. 

In addition to assisting Ms Campbell in delivering the focus groups and gathering data, Ms Langford is also one of the main organisers behind the project’s WA forum. 

The PIPA Project team will be holding a public forum at Edith Cowan University’s Mt Lawley Campus on Wednesday evening to share their insights on youth violence and the challenges service providers are facing. 

The forum, which will be facilitated by Ms Campbell and former Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls, will also feature inspirational speeches from youth violence victims, service providers, police and representatives for the legal system.

Event panelists include: 

  • Children’s Court magistrate Andree Horrigan
  • Edith Cowan University’s Vicki Banham
  • Peel Youth Services family support practitioner Tanya Langford 
  • WA Police acting inspector Matthew McCaughey 
  • Traditional cultural educator Dennis Simmons 
  • Tammy, a mother who has experienced living with a violent teenager 

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