Production of the ‘No One Need Live in Fear’ Booklet
In early 1993 the Action Group obtained its first significant grant to produce a Domestic Violence Information and Resource Booklet for the Noarlunga, Mount Barker and Victor Harbor regions. The aim of the booklet was to provide much needed local information to women who had been subjected to domestic violence. Members of the action group devoted endless hours to put the booklet together. The first edition of the booklet was launched by the end of that year and before long, the booklet became known as “The Purple Booklet” within the region. The booklet has been such a valuable resource that the SDVAG has printed a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th edition of the booklet.
Production of the No One Need Live in Fear Newsletter
In 1998 the idea of a newsletter arose from the motivation of community members within the Action Group. The newsletter (titled No-One Need Live in Fear) assisted the Action Group to:
- Get information out in the community about domestic violence.
- Promote the activities of the SDVAG.
- Support local people to get involved in preventing domestic violence.
- Provide information on services and government directions.
- The newsletter is still being produced and is available throughout the southern region.
The Multicultural Domestic Violence Radio Announcement Project— Violence in the home has many forms
The Multicultural DV Radio Announcement project has it’s origin in 1995 and was auspiced by the SDVAG. The aim was to produce a series of radio announcements in different languages stating that domestic violence does not have to be tolerated and that there is help available. The announcements were recorded in 13 different languages and were radio air play in Adelaide and on other ethnic radio stations around Australia. The action group worked in partnership with Women’s Health State-wide, Migrant Women’s Support Accommodation service and individuals from various ethnic communities.
WAVES – A Community education package
In 1993 a group of community women, with the support of the SDVAG, formed a Community Educators group. The aim of this group was to provide talks, workshops about domestic violence in the broader community. At the time it was felt that if people had a better understanding about domestic violence, they would be better able to support women who were trying to deal with an abusive relationship. The idea of WAVES represented women making waves in the community, waves of change, waves building up energy/speed/strength, waves as a powerful force that can’t be ignored and waves that erode embedded values and beliefs.
We continue working from the basic premise of Waves. Members provide organisations and groups with training, we speak at forums and conduct workshops. Members have participated on the organising committees of conferences, provide information stalls at community events, and lobby politicians.